I come across individuals who have an attitude that is best described as “I know everything about everything, and no other person knows anything at all”.
Most of us — and many great individuals such as scientists, political and business leaders, and educators — have demonstrated and continue to demonstrate genuine humility as eager listeners who welcome contrasting ideas, and thereby become true leaders and high achievers.
This all about growing up, the upbringing in the family, and inspiring examples in the schools and among colleagues.
It is often said, “together we grow”. This ‘togetherness’ is the spirit of humility, listening, learning from each other, etc. If this is blocked, an Individual stays ignorant, arrogant and unkind; he cannot empathise with people or situations, and can be a risk to any organisation. Such individuals usually do not become good leaders and will never be high achievers.
I suspect that deep inside, such individuals will feel a sense of failure, jealousy, and disappointment with the world at large, often feeling, “I deserved more for the talent I have”. And in most cases, such individuals continue to lead a life of mediocrity and dissatisfaction.
I am optimistic that while school education empathises the educators, the leaders in education, politics, and business will mentor individuals to always seek to learn… And that is what life is all about.