No one should like to fail with a project or to lose a contest where the score is kept. Play to win of course. But, there are lessons to be learned if you would fall short and these lessons rely upon your level of humility.
Humility is an acceptance of personal accountability for the outcome of your efforts. No blame, no excuses. It’s a sign of strength so that you will learn and try again better and harder. It is a sign that you can and will accept the reality of your efforts. Humility forces us to do the right things at the right time rather than profess to be right regardless of the outcome.
Our pride will get in the way if we allow it. Our humility will open the mind to learn and to apply what we have learned to grow stronger and to become more significant in our efforts to be successful. Be humble to have learned again and again toward a level of mastery as you find the right things to do.
“A great man is always willing to be small.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson —