The meaning of humility

Motto of the day about the strength of humility.
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. C.S Lewis



Humbleness or humility is perhaps an under-rated virtue. Why does humility matter?



Like gentleness, humility is often an underrated character trait. It’s a strength, in my opinion, because it brings many benefits.

Humility means having a modest opinion of one’s importance or work. But it’s so much more than that. Humble people value relationships at eye level, cooperation, harmony, fairness, are open to experience. They value the uniqueness and value of different people. They are convinced that every person is something special without being superior to others. It is the belief that every person has something to contribute that makes them ready to look at themselves and their fellow human beings in a more relaxed way. They have a balanced awareness of their limitations and those of others. But they also cultivate the perception of unique talents and strengths. They can remain grounded and bring thought, achievement, and experience into a balanced perspective. This makes one’s ego more constructive. This is powerful, as the ego can blind people to what they do, and do not know.






Humble people are more resistant to stress, have better social relationships, better subjective well-being, better physical and mental health. Humble people are more generous and helpful, are perceived as friendlier, liked by others, and less threatening. Such people are often better embedded in society, social networks, and organizations.


Here are some benefits:

  • Others feel comfortable and valued around you.
  • You can see when you are wrong and do something about it
  • Allows you to live in the moment, to be present.
  • Humility gives you the desire to learn.
  • You can cope better with criticism.
  • Helps you be patient with other people and yourself.
  • Keeps you grounded.
  • You can positively influence others.
  • You’ll get more done.
  • Helps the world move forward.
  • Offers you a positive perspective and leads to happiness.



I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.

Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.




How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?


Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:


  • What triggers the topic in you?
  • Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
  • What is the significance of the statement for you?
  • How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
  • In what context could the statement be useful?
  • Where and when do you want to remember it and how?



And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:


  • What do you specifically disagree with?
  • Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
  • Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?

Just ask me personally


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This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.

Published: March 5, 2007
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: August 20th, 2023
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