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A Lesson in Humility

Here’s food for thought… Would you rather be the worst of the best or the best of the worst?

Are you striving to catch those in front of you or allowing yourself to be pulled back by those behind you?

Growing up, I studied martial arts for ten years, primarily at the Buddhist temple in San Jose. No matter how hard I tried, I was never able to rise higher than third place finishes in the United States.

Yet the lessons learned from aiming high and falling short taught me persistence, respect, relentlessness and hard-work.

It taught me another lesson as well: Humility. On any given day, regardless of how many tournaments I had won and contests I had fought, there was always the potential of someone better.

Rather than being bitter, it made me better – a better fighter, student and worker. In life, it has made me a better boss, father, spouse and partner.

Setting ambitious goals is good. The famous artist Michael Angelo said it best: “My greatest fear is not aiming too high and failing. It is aiming too low and succeeding.” Be in the lead pack. Learn from those in front of you. Then you can help those behind you.

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