Don’t Try to Win a Humility Contest

Not that there is such a thing as a humility contest—by definition, humble people wouldn’t enter, would they? When somebody once asked Warren Buffett to give a speech on humility since he’s the de facto winner of the contest among billionaires, he said, “Isn’t giving a speech about humility an oxymoron?”

Too many people work too hard at being humble, and it shows. They’re so demonstrably self-effacing and flattering of others that it just doesn’t ring true. Call it the vanity of humility, the ultimate oxymoron. You know the type I’m talking about here. There’s just something off about them.

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