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Both humility and modesty according to Polly, S. & Britton, K. (2015) is link to our ability to forget ourselves and assess our mistakes and imperfections within us. It is a tool that can help us be open to influence from others and place our needs of a group ahead of our own needs. After reading the book, we can see that as Benjamin Franklin started working on humility for years, he noticed that his communications were more pleasant, and people are more likely to both listen have an easier time to recover when he was wrong. Children can learn humility by observing their role models such as parents, teachers, community leaders, or heroes according to the book.


I think that understanding humility and the role of it can provide us the first step to success. I know that in my life there have been many times that I have faced humility and I was able to learn from my mistakes and move on. The first time I encountered a challenge was during my school year at 12 as I was not ready and did not do as good as my other classmate. However, I learned that instead of losing and staying back I must get up and fight back to achieve my goals.

What I Know

One thing that I know is that to accept humility one must ask for feedback from others and truly listen, to have the ability to enter the last stage of acceptance and be able to accept setbacks. Humility to me is the quality of being humble and putting the needs of another before my needs, not drawing attention and acknowledging that I am not always right.


Polly, S. & Britton, K. (2015). Character strength matter: How to live a full life. PA: Positive Psychology News


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