Lists I’ve found are a great way to explore a topic, generate some interest in a subject and provide enough variety that it is not only quick to read, but quick to relate to many aspects.  All this while hopefully adding some value to what is read in new ideas, unheard suggestions or simply by giving reminders of what might be known dead inside you already.  I certainly find that in reading lists from other people.

This was my most difficult list I’ve made and while I was hoping to make a list of 100 ways to be more humble, I really struggled coming up with unique ideas that didn’t have too much overlap and were not just a large list of different words or minor actions to be more humble.  I hope you will find some value in this list, it has certainly given me a lot to think about, a lot to still learn in being humble and an eye opener to realize how far from this I actually am.  While I hope many of these are true in my life, I know they are a continuous struggle and I’m sure others can relate or add even more ideas to the list, which I would love to see in your comments!

Please have a look at my short series from 2 years ago on being humble in the article pages here or from the free PDF download in my resources area, called, Being Humble.

be more humble

Artwork by Adam Stone

  1. Use the response “It’s My Pleasure” when someone thanks you for doing something.
  2. Use the response “I’d be honored” when someone asks you to help them or do something with them.
  3. Listen more than you talk
  4. Count to 3 before adding to a conversation to ensure the other person is done
  5. Be willing to follow another person in conversation even if you don’t get to talk about your idea
  6. Always offer to improve someone else’s idea and give them credit
  7. Give credit for other’s ideas that you are carrying through on
  8. Ask others for the opinion of others
  9. Ask others to join conversations and contribute
  10. It’s OK to be wrong and so admit it
  11. Admit when you don’t understand or know something
  12. Appreciate others who learn something quickly and say so
  13. Be quick to apologize when you do something wrong
  14. Study moral principles
  15. Use moral principles to guide you
  16. You are God’s creation, not your own
  17. Recognize your talents as gifts, not your own ability
  18. Know how your skills have only be developed by the help of others
  19. Share your own knowledge to pass on what you have learned
  20. Pass on thanks when you receive it to those who helped you achieve what was thanked
  21. Value other people’s time as much as your own
  22. Never equate time spent with people to a dollar value
  23. Don’t boast about your achievements, let others recognize them instead
  24. Keep your goals to yourself
  25. Help other people with their goals
  26. Realize the potential in others
  27. Know that timing is everything and everyone excels at different times in life
  28. Being the 1st follower is often the best way to lead
  29. Since winning isn’t everything, you don’t have to win
  30. Recognize that you have faults
  31. Remember you are a sinner (in other words, you are no better or worse than anyone else)
  32. Ignore first impressions of people
  33. Give others the benefit of the doubt
  34. Provide positive and encouraging feedback instead of criticism
  35. Make a choice to act more humbly
  36. Practice at least one humble act each day
  37. Be grateful for successes without boasting about them
  38. Know how to accept praise with a simple thank you, don’t elaborate on it or talk more about it
  39. Recognize the individualism of others and yourself, there is no need to conform
  40. Share your core values and live them accordingly regardless of the circumstances
  41. Prioritize things in your life and rate your actions on whether to followed that priority or not
  42. Rate other people as first, be less significant
  43. Forgive those who wrong you and move on without revenge or lashing back
  44. Serve others and not yourself first
  45. Seek wisdom, which is knowledge of what is true coupled with just judgment of action
  46. Recognize and know that you know little and there is always more to learn
  47. Avoid explosive reactions, and subside any aggression
  48. Accept new ideas and change, not being stuck on what you knew before
  49. Teach all that you can for the benefit of others
  50. Learn from and model the life of the most humble teachers in history (Jesus, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Buddha, etc)

Prev: Finding a Job You Love: Stop Insisting on Looking for a Job You’ll Hate
Next: Book Review: Leadership and Self-Deception