Humilty, being humble. It comes easy for some, and harder for others, whether in business or in personal relationships. Some stumble through life being called arrogant or egotistical, and never change because of pride. Others change because they want to grow as a person. In business, being known as being arrogant, can become a bad thing.
I’ve been guilty of this. I’ve been called arrogant. For me, it was upsetting to hear. I come from extremely humble beginnings and worked hard for everything I had. I’ve always been open to changing myself for the better.
It’s rough, and I’m not here to lecture others and scold you for the same things I’ve been guilty of. I want this post to be there for those who’ve fought the fight and now that you’re doing great, you no longer have to fight the same way. This may also be for those who have suffered the imposter syndrome in order to get the success that they wanted. You still have to hustle.
I do want to note that my own journey never involved practicing the imposter syndrome, or the “fake it ’til you make it.” I’ve been transparent about myself, and have had days that I’ve had to sacrifice things in order to where I am today. I still let people know where I was at, and that transparency allowed me to connect with others in the WordPress community.
Humility And Being Open to Change
When you’ve become an authority in your niche, sometimes it’s easy to just begin the bragging that you did this, and that, and whatever. The issue is, that you no longer have to list your resume to people. You’ve established yourself, and your knowledge and work speaks for itself.
Now, that doesn’t mean that you just not do anything. You still need to work, but do so with a different attitude. I’ve found that once you’ve been recognized that you’ve become an authority or an influencer, that you will get called out from people about your attitude. What you say does matter.
Those raving fans that have followed you, can also unfollow you based on what and how you say it. I encountered this, and it was upsetting because it wasn’t my intention to come across as arrogant. I was called out by people who care and want me to thrive.
Sometimes, as I’ve experienced, you’ll get caught up in a moment or event, and forget that other people matter. Being passionate about what you do is great. Steamrolling people without giving them a chance or credit where it’s due, can become a bad thing.
Today, I’m doing my best to revise how I say something. I also try to approach situations while being full of gratitude or trying to be more positive. The last thing that has been helping, is that I’m listening more.
I’m still working on this, and hope my post helps you, especially if you’re having the same issue. Have you been called arrogant? Have you experienced a similar story? Share your story below and what you did to become more humble.