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The word 'humility' signifies lowliness or submissiveness. It is that by which a man has a modest estimate of his own worth and submits himself to others. It is the quality or state of not thinking that you are better than other people. When this attribute is possessed by someone, the person will be in a more comfortable terrain to excel, thereby making his natural attribute a source of his power. Humility is a worthy virtue to be maintained and one I admire so much.

There is little or no gain from being proud. Realising that God who created you can change your condition at any time will make you always bow. So, do not feel superior to other human beings created by God. It is in the light of this that Ernest Hemingway, one of the most famous and influential American writers of the 20th Century states that "Humility is not disgraceful, and carries no loss of true pride."15 Good talk.

Equally of relevance is the saying that, "on the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom," as affirmed by Michel de Montaigne, a French philosopher, famously regarded as the 'Father of Modern Skepticism'. Montaigne showed great impact on the writers worldwide. He was an influential and key figure of the French Renaissance. He is best known for his essays which are considered to be the best of all times. His huge volume of essays, Essais, is still considered to be the finest collection of essays which influenced many other notable writers, such as René Descartes, Isaac Asimov, and William Shakespeare.

The earlier we accept that it is only through humility that we shall realise our worth, the better for us, in order to be realistic about life. Even if one has a mighty mansion, he needs to acknowledge the raw fact that he can only sleep in one room at a time. Inside that room, he can only lie on one bed at a time. On that bed, he can only occupy one side of the bed at a time! It is therefore pertinent that we succumb to the realities of life, so that we can come to terms with the potentials in us.

Pride Goes Before A Fall

This means that, if you are too proud and over-confident, you will make mistakes leading to your defeat. If you allow yourself get too proud, you will find yourself humiliated. Jesse Jackson,16 the American civil rights activist, and one of the fiercest and outspoken political figures in the USA, warns thus: "Never look down on somebody unless you're helping him up." The problem with some people is that they are too proud to associate with others. They feel that it is too degrading mingling with other people who may not have had same opportunity of greatness with them.

Nobody is sure of tomorrow. Those people you are rejecting today may eventually be the ones that will save you in future. You should be nice to people on your way up because you'll meet them on your way down. This is a popular saying, and it needs to open our eyes, if we wish to achieve success in life. Nobody is an island. If you make y

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