Humility is the ability (or willingness) to listen to others.

Malcolm Gladwell

Seems simple, but it hit me hard today. I know I struggle with humility (I have since childhood) but without a clear definition of it, I’ve been able to deceive myself into thinking I’m getting pretty humble. When I heard this definition I realized that I’d just been avoiding criticism instead of actively seeking criticism—that I’d been dodging counsel, effectively saying, “My way is always the best way.”

I need to be okay when people tell me I’m wrong. I can’t just run away from the voices I don’t like. And I need to do more than that. I need to seek out voices that I know won’t sound like mine.

So, help me with my humility problem. Tell me I’m wrong about something.