64 Days ’til 40: Humility:1, Ego:0

19 Dec


Life is a long lesson in humility. ~ James M. Barrie

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. ~ Rick Warren

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. ~ Thomas Merton

We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Ego is simply an idea of who you are that you carry around with you. ~ Wayne Dyer

I love playing ego and insecurity combined. ~Jim Carrey

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. ~ Colin Powell

Do you ever have those days when you feel like you are eating humble pie?  I find that there are seasons when this happens to me more, and seasons when it happens to me less.  Lately it has happened not due to mistakes I have made, but as I have been challenged by comparing myself to those around me.  Today I read Forbes 30 Under 30 in education and was so impressed.  Here is a list of 30 amazing young people, all a decade younger than me (at least!) and contributing wonderful things to the field of education.  While this is very humbling, this is also a challenge.  What am I doing to significantly contribute to my field?  How can I follow in the footsteps of these bright and amazing individuals who are younger than I?  What can I learn from them and apply in my own life and career?

I find myself asking these questions a lot lately.  Some days it is a bit discouraging, but mostly it is energizing, refreshing and exciting.  I know that in order to continue to impact the field of education, I must continually challenge myself to work to contribute.  I can look past our community, and also contribute to the community at large, exchanging ideas with my network of peers from around the world.  I will not be discouraged when I see younger people in my field achieve greatness, I will look up to them and learn from them and use their success as inspiration and motivation for myself to continue to work to improve education for our children.

Today, 64 days ’til 40, I learn from those younger than I and hope that we can partner together to make a difference.



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10 responses to “64 Days ’til 40: Humility:1, Ego:0

  1. Another Thousand Words

    December 19, 2012 at 04:33

    Ah, you’ve struck GOLD, 400! One of the great keys to living a happier and, therefore, healthier Life!

    BTW, I ‘LIKED’ this, but it wouldn’t take my gravatar…very weird!

    • 400daystil40

      December 19, 2012 at 23:12


      • Another Thousand Words

        December 20, 2012 at 03:46

        If you keep discovering great things so quickly before 40, I’m wondering what you’ll be like 25 years from now? :>)!!!

        • 400daystil40

          December 20, 2012 at 08:59

          hehehe – I guess I will be exhausted!!!!!

  2. walkwiththerabbi

    December 19, 2012 at 04:56

    Has it occurred to you, that if you were in a Forbes “over 30 in education,” that those same 30 would be amazed at your contributions? I believe they would. Your contributions are no less meaningful to the child, the teacher, the parent, that you reached out to at the just the right time and changed their life – forever. You’re an amazing educator!

    • 400daystil40

      December 19, 2012 at 23:12

      hehehe – thanks for the compliment, though I would probably not be there – at least not YET! 🙂

  3. dogdaz

    December 19, 2012 at 06:13

    Good for you. You are gaining good wisdom with age.

  4. queenoffamilosity

    December 19, 2012 at 08:34

    I love your spirit.


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