Be Humble and Hungry - Graduation Advice

This comes from Jon Gordon's newsletter, and provided much food for thought, especially at this time when so many commencement addresses are being given...

A young man asked me the other day if I had one piece of advice to give him, as he graduates college, what it would be. I told him to be humble and hungry.


Be humble. Don’t think you know it all. See yourself as a life-long learner who is always seeking ways to learn, grow and improve.


Be humble. See everyone as a teacher and learn from everyone you meet.


Be humble. Be open to new ideas and strategies to take your life and work to the next level.


Be humble. When people tell you that you are great don’t let it go to your head. And when they tell you that you stink, don’t let it go to your head.


Be humble. Because the minute you think you have arrived at the door of greatness it will get shut in your face.


Be hungry. Live and work with a passion to continuously improve and set new goals and milestones.


Be hungry. Seek out new ideas, new strategies and new innovations to push yourself out of your comfort zone.


Be hungry. Invest the time, energy, sweat and dedication to be your best.


Be hungry. Focus on being the best you can be and strive to get better every day.


Be hungry. Because you can’t ignite the world unless a fire is burning inside you.


Be hungry. With a commitment to pay the price that greatness requires.


As I shared this advice with the young man I hoped he wouldn’t just remember it for now but for the rest of his life because being humble and hungry is not only meant for the young but for all of us who want to be our best. Whether you are in business, education, healthcare, the ministry, the arts or sports... remember to stay humble and hungry and everything else will take care of itself.

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