Recently I met up with an old friend of mine and he mentioned to me how I am so humble. He said this is what he likes the most about me. That no matter what, I am very humble and do not act cocky. This got me thinking. This isn't the first time someone has said something like this to me or us. In the past people have said things like 'you guys are so down to earth', 'no one would guess how successful you are', 'when i first found out, I was interviewing you guys, i thought you guys would be some overconfident/cocky guy in expensive suites, you guys are just like normal guy'.
So why are we humble?
Why would be not be. There is nothing different about us. I don't understand people who think they are better than other people because of materialistic things or fame. At the end of the day, all the possessions, the toys, the fame will not matter. What will matter is how to treat people, the impact you leave on people's lives. To be honest, I don't know how to act any other way. There are times when people have told us that in the past, they are like you are too nice. You need to act more cocky and more arrogant. I never really understood that and I can never act like someone I am not. I come from humble beginnings and all i know is to be humble, courteous, understanding and helpful when possible. That's why majority of the things we do, we look at how we can impact the world in a positive way, whether its through donations or personally getting involved and doing charity work. We are currently working on a project called She Believe, which is essentially a woman empowerment concept where we will use 100% of the profit from this initiative to build a school in India. We have raised around 50K so far and are looking to raise around 1M.
Believe it or not. Most people are humble. I have met with CEO of major companies, dragons from the den, individuals that manage billion dollar funds and guess what they all had in common? They were all humble. They treat you with respect. They are understanding and listen carefully with what you have to say. They are not insulting. They do not act better.
Honestly, its the perception and what you see on TV and media.
The more successful you get (when I say success, I am using the definition of success as defined by society - having achieved popularity, profit, or distinction), the more humble you become. You do not need to prove anything. You just focus on growing yourself. You appreciate the things you have in life. You want to help other succeed as well.
Also one of the reasons I am humble is because of my brother. The way he treats people and the way he talks to people (strangers, friends) is one of the most admirable qualities about him.
So my friends, I will give you a piece of advice that someone else gave me along time ago. Its very simple really.
'Stay Humble, My Friend'
Amar Gandhi, 28