My grandfather recently gave a speech at a retirement dinner after serving many years on a board.
He discussed how he found success, and it came down to one thing: humility.
He has always treated every person the same. Never has he disregarded opinions of a person who worked in a lower position than him and he would never put a boss on a pedestal. We’re all people just the same.
This boosted the self-esteem of the people under him and allowed them a comfortable work environment and provided an atmosphere that facilitated hard work. As Pops was moving up the ranks in his company, he thought of the people of higher levels no different than himself. And they weren’t! Why couldn’t he have their position one day? With hard work, anything is possible. And Pops proved that.
Through a recent conversation I had with Pops, he told me that when he finally was as a boss, he would never keep people long after hours in the office. If they had kids, he’d tell them to go home. Some people would insist on staying, but he knew what it was like to have six kids at home while he was stuck at work.
He told me that this was the key reason why his company achieved. Workers were motivated to produce good work because he treated them with fairness and care.
I think we can all learn something from this message.
In yoga, sometimes we’re not ready for the more difficult poses.
I have found myself jumping into poses that I am not prepared for because I want to “challenge” myself. But I remind myself of humility. I’m not competing with the person next to me, only myself. We’re all on different paths and if we need to take an easier route once in a while or maybe go down to child’s pose instead of staying in downward dog, we do not need to be ashamed. There’s no need to get worked up. We have nothing to prove to anybody.
Stay hungry, but always, always, stay humble.
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