Hungry but Humble Mentality

If you want something big in life, you have to fight for it. Unless you are one of those people where everything just falls on a golden platter for you, then just keep in mind that the rest of the world and I all dislike you (I hope you can sleep at night knowing that).

I heard the phrase hungry but humble this past weekend, and I really liked it. All of my life I have had a passion to do something remarkable. I’m hungry for it. Now, I’m not talking about the whole “I need a burger in fries in my life STAT” type of hungry. Although, now that I mention it… that sounds delightful. What I’m talking about is the need to nourish your desire for success. When you are hungry for something, it is a feeling like you’ve never had before. You feel as if it will take everything out of you to get to the point you are striving for, but it doesn’t matter. When your passion outweighs your exhaustion of trying and fear of failing, you know you have a hunger for it.

There are a lot of people who have this mentality, but they are lacking in the “humble” part of the phrase. If you leave off the last part of hungry but humble, you’re not just hungry, you’re probably an (insert -expletive that rhymes with gas hole- here) also. Sometimes when you want something so bad, and you get it, your ego inflates to the size of Texas (Don’t be like that… Really big head and a tiny little body is not a good look).

The trick is to want something so bad you will fight to get it, but once you have it, you remain modest. Sure, people care about your successes, but no one cares about them as much as you do. There is a big difference between being proud and being pretentious.

At the same time, no one likes a Debbie downer either. If you are hungry for something, and seem to be falling short of achieving this goal, don’t get all hangry (hungry + angry… get it?). Keep at it, try to evaluate what you can do better, and reassess your game plan for accomplishing the goal. Keep your hungry but humble mentality, always!

“Almost any difficulty will move in the face of honesty. When I am honest I never feel stupid. And when I am honest I am automatically humble.” – Hugh Prather


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