Do not underestimate the POWER of... humility.
Humility is one of the most effective approaches for improving your influence on the world.
If you strive for excellence, you'll want to strive for humility, as well. There's nothing wrong with self promotion. The squeaky wheel does indeed get the grease. Instead, think of humility as stating the facts accurately, without exaggeration, and, whenever possible, give all those involved the credit they are due.
Many "self made" millionaires are still grateful for the hundreds of hours of help they've received from everyone involved.
People ask me if Shinka is my creation, and, while I answer yes, I assure them that it wouldn't be here without countless others of whom inspired, encouraged, and helped it into existence. From mentors to family members to friends to helpful strangers, Shinka wouldn't have won Richmond's best martial arts school without the selfless dedication from those warriors.
Braggarts essentially say "I'm better than you" which, who wants to hear that??
Instead, be gracious. Thank people who present you with awards, and recognize their importance and significance, and, leave it at that.
There is a big difference between inner, supreme confidence, and outer, supreme arrogance. And it is often in the presentation.
Recommended reading: Attitudes of Gratitude
Sensei Ono, Shinka Martial Arts
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