The more successful you become the more likely it is that people will be coming to you for your opinion. And in a world that is starving for content, it's only a matter of time till you get interviewed for a podcast show or some other form of media. And that interview will say a lot about you.
I find that people who are truly successful, meaning that they see far beyond money as a measure of success, tend to be the ones who maintain their humility, no matter how successful they become. This humility shows in all that they say and all that they do.
At the other end of the scale are the weekend gurus, those who are self-proclaimed experts and authorities, who have come from nowhere and now claim to be rock stars in their chosen space. Of course, apart from the fact that they don't deliver what they promise, the one thing that differentiates them from the truly successful people is their complete and utter lack of humility.
So why am I writing about this? Apart from the fact that it drives me crazy, it reminds me of the importance of living and acting with humility, no matter how successful (or not) I become. I understand we are living in an era where bluff can help us get to where we want to go, but I think humility will get us there in better shape, with more integrity and with stronger foundations.
In the words of fallen basketball legend Rick Pitino, "Humility is the true key to success. Successful people lose their way at times. They often embrace and overindulge from the fruits of success. Humility halts this arrogance and self-indulging trap. Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focused and hungry to continue the journey of success."