There’s something to be said about being good at what you do and letting others know.
Being humble is one of those weird things that you can nail really well or mess up entirely. No one likes the cocky asshole who flaunts his/her talents on everyone else, putting everyone down and degrading their abilities. At the same time, no good comes from being passive and letting people with lesser skills walk all over you, simply because you don’t want to be seen as ‘cocky.’
I struggled with this a lot.
Like a lot!
In high school, I was coming into my own, figuring out what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go in life. I wasn’t entirely sure about my personal skill set but in a Grade Nine art class, I started to uncover my passion for the creative arts. It would take two more years for me to discover that a creative career was definitely in my foresight.
Still, just like in any school, there are the kids who are ‘good’ at art and then there’s the select few that stand out from the rest. Fortunately, I found myself in that group of select few students that had a way of wowing the teachers. I knew I was talented and I let it show. Going through high school was perhaps the cockiest, most unsatisfying years of my life.
Inside, I knew what I was doing and I didn’t like it. But it’s a lot easier to wish you could change than to actually go out and do it.
As I finished high school, preparing to go into college, I decided to make an active choice in changing the way I presented myself.
Being humble is all about balancing between two extremes.
When I finally got to college, I was to humble. I went almost a full semester without barely talking to anyone in my program. I was the quiet, reserved kid, fresh out of high school that barely lifted a finger to start a discussion or talk about my work. In hindsight, I was playing it super safe. At the time, I was all to wrapped up in what people thought of me. I didn’t stop to think that maybe that mindset was holding me back from my true creative potential.
No one knew my name or what I cared about.
This is where the interesting balance comes into play and this is what I noticed.
It’s good to be humble. Necessary in my opinion, because if you’re not, you’re painting a different picture of yourself. No one likes a cocky person, it’s just that simple.
Still…you need to let them know.
It’s still possible to be humble, sit back and watch the world go on whilst still letting everyone know who you are and what you’re here to do. If you can let your work speak for itself, flooring everyone when they see it, then there’s no need to raise your voice or worry about the cocky attitude you adopt.
You don’t mess around, you’re here to put your best foot first.
Let your actions speak your name. Soon enough, people will begin to associate the high quality work, strong work ethic and dedication and motivation with your name. Now, there’s no need to worry about being cocky or come off looking like an asshole.