Confidence and humility are words you don't always relate to each other, but these two traits combined can help you achieve the ideal sense of balance in your personality.
Having confidence while staying humble makes perfect sense. Some people see another person’s confident attitude as having a big ego. Whereas, they can still exude confidence without being loud or showy. A healthy confident attitude is remaining humble and respectful, not aggressive or arrogant.
If you are confident you trust your capabilities, skills, and talents. You can recognize your strengths while acknowledging your weaknesses. Carrying yourself quietly with confidence is the opposite of being outwardly loud and arrogant. While arrogance is rooted in insecurities, confident people do not need to boast because they do not require the approval of others. They have a healthy ego, so it is kept in check.
Mixing humility with confidence is easy once you know how you can do it. Your ego will only be affected positively.
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How to Exhibit Confidence with Humility
Let Your Work Speak For Itself
You don’t need to look for validation from others. Let your work speak for itself, rather than constantly talking about how good you are to others. There's nothing wrong with being proud of what you have achieved, but overdoing it can make you come off as being boastful and self-absorbed. Instead, let others praise your work and talk about it to other people. It’s better coming from someone else, as opposed to blurting out all your accomplishments to anyone who has ears!
Having humility is to be grateful for what you have. Humble people know that no matter how great their successes may be, there are still other people greater than them. Confident humility means knowing your worth and always being thankful for the things you have. It's about seeing yourself in relation to what is around you and seeking ways to make the world better for everyone, not just yourself.
Be Open To Feedback, Good or Bad
Confident humility is acknowledging that you are not perfect. A truly confident and humble person will not take offense if they are given negative feedback. Instead, they would be thankful as they would see it as a way to improve themselves. Egotistical people would see this type of feedback as an attack on their abilities.
Don’t Be Afraid to Fail, Take Risks
Being confident allows you to see mistakes as humbling experiences – episodes in your life can teach you a lesson or two, about you and the world around you. Confident humility is about knowing your limitations, but not being afraid to take risks in order to grow.
Never Stop Learning
Aside from taking risks, confident humility is also being open to learning new things, as you know you are not an expert in everything! If you do think there’s nothing left to learn, you are greatly limiting your potential for personal growth. Having confidence while staying humble allows you to be open to new perspectives and taking on new challenges.
Confidence and humility are traits that allow us to realize our potential. These two characteristics enable us to expand our horizons through the different experiences we learn from. Having confidence is not simply flaunting what you have and what you can do – it is about being humble enough to know that you have limitations and that there are so many things you can learn from others.
Quiet, humble confidence is more admirable and endearing to people over egos that are out of control, and loud, abrasive arrogance. Confident humility comes from having complete trust, while still accepting your limitations. Being humble is not about thinking of yourself less, it’s about thinking of others too. You still need to love yourself in a humble, non-arrogant way.