This seems to be coming up more in my various social media feeds. So I thought I’d add to it.
The best definition I heard was from Lou Tice, the founder of The Pacific Institute. He defines humility as “truth”. Simply to tell the truth.
His example was that of a fictitious piccolo player with 6 fingers on each hand.
When someone pays them a compliment: “Oh my, you are the best piccolo player I’ve ever heard. How do you do that?”
The humble piccolo player might respond: “Thank you, but I do have an advantage, I have six fingers on each hand, which makes playing the piccolo much easier and I can play more complex tunes.”
A less humble piccolo player might fold their hands behind their back, and respond: “Yes, thank you, I’m just very good!”
Humility, for me, is simply telling the truth!