If humility is axiomatically predicated on self-esteem, can we assume that an absence of humility belies an absence of self-esteem?
If so, we might say that one path to true meaning is paved well in advance, and is very well outside of, any VIP tickets, any titles, any awards, any sea-side mansion or election to office.
Researchers have found that low self-esteem and materialism are correlated, that there is also an inversely proportional causal relationship between the two; where low self esteem increases materialism increases.
They also found that as self esteem increases, materialism decreases.
Even a simple gesture to raise self-esteem dramatically decreased materialism, which provides a way to cope with insecurity.
Whenever people experience a decline in self-esteem, the stage is set for the use of material possessions as a coping strategy for feelings of low self-worth.
I have concluded that the metric by which I think God will assess my life is not in how much money I have made but the individual people whose lives I have touched.
My metric is about doing work that matters by touching people’s souls and making them better than you found them.
I think that is the way it will work for us all.
Don’t worry about the level of individual prominence you have achieved, worry about the individuals you have helped become better people.
Think about the metric by which your life will be judged, and make a resolution to live every day so that in the end, your life will be judged a success.
Your business should be a vehicle to do work that matters by employing and empowering people.
As Robert G. Ingersoll said: We rise by lifting others.
And not lifting them once in a while when we feel like it, but lifting them up as a way of life.