August 30th – Humility and the Big Picture

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“Great leaders don’t think less of themselves; they just think of themselves less” –Ken Blanchard

      Large crowds always gathered to hear the famous Winston Churchill speak. His leadership, character, and influence were greatly admired during his tenure as prime minister of Great Britain. Just before delivering a speech to a large company, he was asked, “Doesn’t it thrill you to know that every time you make a speech, the hall is packed to overflowing?”

Churchill replied, “It’s quite flattering, but whenever I feel that way, I always remember that if instead of making a political speech I was being hanged, the crowd would be twice as big.”

In his book, Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn, John Maxell said, “Humility allows us to regain perspective and see the big picture. It makes us realize that while we may be in the picture, we are not the entire picture.” Such humility was part of Churchill’s greatness.

Pride boasts because of all that it has accomplished; humility bows because of all it is yet to learn. The difference between those who accomplish great things and those who think they are great is simply attitude. Self-consumed, self-serving people typically think the world revolves around them. Selfless people who live to serve others realize they are just part of a bigger picture.


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