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Redefining Humility: From Weakness to Strength

by Jim Lunsford


Greetings, Resilience Warriors. I’m Jim Lunsford. Before we get into today’s discussion, I want to acknowledge the journey we’ve been on together. Some time ago, we touched on the subject of humility. We broke down its facets, challenged its misconceptions, and began to peel back the layers of its true power. But, as with any topic worth its salt, humility is a well that runs deep. It’s not a one-and-done lesson. It’s a lifelong commitment.

Since that first article, we’ve been in the trenches, learning, adapting, and, most importantly, applying what we’ve discussed. But knowledge is never static. It’s an ever-evolving landscape, and what we knew then was a starting point, not a finish line. It’s like a mission—you go in with the intel you have, but the situation on the ground always adds layers to your understanding. You adapt, you grow, you learn to appreciate the finer nuances.

That’s what we’re doing today—building on the foundation, adding more bricks to the fortress of understanding we’re constructing. So, if you thought you knew all there was to know about humility, prepare to go deeper. Prepare to have your perspective realigned, and your strategy sharpened. We’re diving back into humility’s complexities and simplicities—mastery is in the details, and the journey is never complete.

Let’s get after it.


Today, we’re diving deep into a subject that’s often misunderstood, even ridiculed—humility. You heard me right, humility. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Humility? That’s not for warriors. That’s not for leaders. That’s not for winners.” Well, think again. Because if you’re dismissing humility, you’re missing out on one of the most potent tools in your arsenal for personal growth and collective triumph.

Humility is not what the world often portrays it to be. It’s not about cowering in the shadows or diminishing your worth. It’s not about saying, “I’m not good enough,” or “I don’t deserve to succeed.” No, that’s not humility. That’s defeatism. That’s surrender. And surrender is not in our vocabulary. We’re here to win. But winning doesn’t just happen. It’s engineered. It’s fought for. And humility is the cornerstone of that fight.

You see, humility is about clarity. It’s about seeing things as they are—not as you wish they were, but as they are. It’s about recognizing your limitations and embracing them not as obstacles but as challenges to overcome. It’s about looking hard in the mirror and saying, “I don’t know everything. I’m not perfect. And that’s okay. That’s not a weakness; that’s an opportunity. An opportunity to learn, to grow, to get better.”

And this isn’t just about personal development. This is about team cohesion, mission accomplishment, and life and death. Because, make no mistake, humility saves lives. When you admit you don’t have all the answers, you open the door for solutions, collaboration, and teamwork. Putting your ego aside creates space for others to step up, contribute, and shine. And when that happens, when you harness the collective skills, knowledge, and willpower of your team, you become an unstoppable force.

So, don’t underestimate the power of humility. Don’t dismiss it as a trait for the meek or the timid. Embrace it as a trait for the strong, resilient, and victorious. Because that’s what humility is—it’s the quiet engine of victory. It’s the unsung hero of success. It’s the key that unlocks your full potential and propels you to heights you never thought possible.

So get ready to break down the myths, shatter the misconceptions, and redefine what it means to be humble. And in doing so, redefine what it means to win. We’re going in.

Section 1: The Misconception of Humility

Listen up. We’ve got a problem—a big problem—plaguing the minds of warriors, leaders, and hard chargers alike. It’s the problem of misunderstanding humility. Too many people think humility is about putting yourself last, bowing your head, and letting the world walk all over you. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Humility isn’t self-deprecation. It’s not about telling yourself you’re worthless or not capable. That’s defeatist talk, and it won’t get you or your team anywhere.

No, humility is a tactical asset. It’s about putting your ego in check. Do you think you’re the smartest person in the room? That’s a weakness. Think you’ve got nothing more to learn? That’s a blind spot. And what happens when you’ve got blind spots? That’s right, you get hit, and you never see it coming. So, knock off the arrogance. You’re not the ultimate source of wisdom or the epitome of skill—no one is. You’ve got room to grow. Always. We’re in a dynamic world here. Everything is in constant flux—technology, strategies, the entire battlefield. If you’re not evolving, you’re stagnating. And stagnation equals defeat.

In the military, they teach you to keep your head on a swivel. Always be aware of your surroundings, look for new intel, and be prepared for the unexpected. That’s humility. It’s realizing you don’t have all the situational awareness that someone else—be it a subordinate, a peer, or even an opponent—might see an angle you haven’t. And when you adopt that mindset, you start to see the bigger picture. You become better, your team becomes better, and your chances of victory skyrocket.

Stop confusing humility with weakness. It’s not a bug; it’s a feature. It’s not a liability; it’s an asset. It doesn’t make you vulnerable; it fortifies you. It broadens your situational awareness, enhances your decision-making, and amplifies your leadership capabilities. Why? Because you’re not caught in the snare of your ego. You’re open to feedback. You’re willing to adapt. You’re always looking for ways to improve, learn, and grow. That’s the strength of humility.

Do you want to win? Do you want to lead effectively? Do you want to crush your goals? Then, get humble. Acknowledge your limitations. Learn from everyone. Keep improving. That’s the path to victory. That’s the path to true leadership. And that’s the path to becoming the kind of warrior who doesn’t just survive but thrives.

Section 2: The Power of Humility

Listen, do you want power? Real power? Don’t look for it in arrogance or the false bravado that comes from thinking you’ve got it all figured out. That’s not power. That’s a ticking time bomb of failure, just waiting to go off. True power lies in humility. It’s the weapon many overlook, but it’s one you want in your arsenal. Do you want to know why? Because humility paves the road to ultimate freedom—the freedom to learn, the freedom to adapt, and the freedom to win.

When you embrace humility, you’re not locked into a single course of action, forced to defend your position at all costs, even when you’re wrong. Instead, you’re agile and nimble. You can pivot when new information comes in. You’re not wasting energy defending a brittle ego. Your focus is laser-sharp, aimed squarely at the mission. The team’s mission. Not your personal glory or self-interest but the objective at hand. That’s leadership. That’s how you build trust and loyalty with your team. It’s not about being right; it’s about getting it right.

Do you think Navy SEAL or high-performing corporate teams get to where they are by harboring individuals who think they have all the answers? No. They get there by cultivating warriors who are open to feedback, criticism, and new ideas. And that starts with humility. It starts with acknowledging, “I don’t know everything, and I can learn from anyone.” Even from the enemy. That’s right. Your opponents will teach you your weaknesses, point out your flaws, and show you where your strategies crumble—if you’re humble enough to learn from them.

And let’s get something straight. Humility doesn’t mean you lack confidence. It’s the opposite. It takes supreme confidence to acknowledge your gaps. It takes unwavering self-belief to admit, “I don’t have all the answers, but I can find them.” You’re not questioning your worth; you’re affirming your growth potential.

So here’s the deal. Humility isn’t optional if you’re serious about taking your leadership to the next level, leveling up your team, and obliterating your objectives. It’s mandatory. It’s the key that unlocks your fullest potential, dissolves the barriers of ego and pride, and opens up avenues of communication and streams of invaluable information. It makes you not just a learner but a leader.

The bottom line? Humility isn’t your weakness; it’s your secret weapon. So arm yourself with it. Wield it wisely and watch how it revolutionizes your leadership, teamwork, and life approach.

Section 3: Respect and Humility

All right, team, we’re diving deeper into this. Do you want respect? Do you want a team that’s got your back, that will follow you into the chaos and come out the other side victorious? That starts with humility. If you’re too busy puffing up your chest, putting on airs, and acting like you’re the final word on everything, you’re setting yourself up for failure. You’re alienating the very people whose skills, talents, and insights could be the game-changers in your mission.

When you embrace humility, you’re not just saying, “I have limits.” You’re saying, “You have value.” You’re acknowledging that every team member brings something unique to the table. Maybe it’s technical expertise. Maybe it’s years of experience. Maybe it’s a fresh perspective that no one else has considered. When you respect that, when you honor that, people notice. It’s not just a pat on the back or some empty words. It’s a signal—it tells your team that you’re not just in it for yourself but for the collective win.

You know what happens when people feel valued? They engage. They commit. They go the extra mile. Not because they have to but because they want to. They’re invested in the mission because they know the leader is invested in them. That’s how you build a culture of excellence. That’s how you forge a unit that operates not as a bunch of individuals but as a seamless, integrated force, where the sum is greater than the parts.

And don’t forget: this isn’t just about the guys and gals on your side. This extends to everyone you interact with—clients, partners, even competitors. When you approach them with humility and respect, you’re not showing weakness but opening doors. It will open doors to collaboration, new opportunities, networks, and knowledge bases you couldn’t access otherwise. They’ll want to work with you, not against you, and that’s an advantage you can’t afford to pass up.

Let me hammer this home: Respect is a two-way street. You give it, you get it. That’s the transaction. But to step into that circle, you’ve got to leave your ego at the door. Humility is your entry ticket. It grants you access to a world of reciprocal respect, where trust flows, barriers break down, and collective power rises.

So, if you want respect, give respect. If you want loyalty, show loyalty. If you want to lead, serve. It’s that simple, and it’s that complex. And it all starts with humility. Stand up. Step up. Show up—with humility. And watch as the walls around you turn into bridges.

Section 4: Humility and Complacency

Warriors, this is a critical junction in our journey, so pay attention. There’s a killer in the ranks, and its name is complacency. That feeling when you think you’ve got it all figured out, that you’re untouchable, that you’ve reached the pinnacle. Don’t buy into it. The minute you do, you’re setting yourself up for a fall. And here’s where humility becomes your greatest ally. It’s your defense mechanism against the arrogance that says, “I’ve arrived,” because the truth is, you never arrive. The mission never ends.

Let me break it down. When you operate with humility, you operate with a constant vigilance mindset. You’re scanning the horizon for what you don’t know, what you can’t yet do, and how to improve. You’re not just content with your achievements; you’re restless for your potential. That’s a whole different level of drive and ambition. It’s not fueled by pride but hunger—a hunger to improve your team and complete your mission in the best way possible.

When you’re humble, complacency doesn’t stand a chance. You recognize that there’s always another mountain to climb, another challenge to conquer, another skill to master. You’re not stopping to bask in the glory even when you reach a milestone. You’re assessing, recalibrating, and launching into the next objective. Why? Because you’re not satisfied with good enough. You’re aiming for exceptional, for extraordinary. For that, you need to be relentless.

Here’s something else. In the world of competition—business, sports, or warfare—someone’s always gunning for your spot. There’s always a rival, an opponent, a challenger who’s hungry to take you down. If you’re complacent, you’re not just a target but an easy target. But if you’re humble, continuously pushing your boundaries, evolving your strategies, and honing your skills, you’re not just defending your position but advancing. That’s how you stay ahead of the game. That’s how you turn from a contender into a champion.

In short, humility is your reality check. It keeps your feet firmly planted on the ground, even as you reach for the stars. It reminds you that the mission is bigger than you, the team is more important than your individual glory, and that the journey to greatness is an ongoing process, not a final destination.

So stay focused. Stay hungry. Be humble and annihilate complacency. That’s the roadmap to enduring success.

Section 5: The Perspective of Humility

Listen up, team. This is the recon of the mind we’re talking about. Your perspective shapes your reality. How you view the world and interpret challenges and setbacks feeds into your actions, decisions, and strategy. And let me tell you: nothing clarifies your perspective like humility. Why? Because humility forces you to step back. It forces you to detach. To rise above the chaos, the noise, the short-term wins and losses, and see the battlefield for what it is—a landscape of endless possibilities and dangers.

Do you think you had a bad day? Detach. Step back. You’ll realize it’s just a day—one day in a lifetime of days, one battle in a lifelong war. And like any seasoned warrior knows, losing a battle doesn’t mean losing the war. Not if you adapt, adjust, and launch a counter-offensive. With humility, you don’t dwell on the defeat; you dissect it. You figure out what went wrong, what you could’ve done differently, and what you can do better next time. Then, you apply those lessons and move forward. That’s called growth. That’s called learning. That’s called getting stronger, smarter, and more resilient.

But let’s not forget the flip side. You win a deal, close a sale, hit a milestone—great. But don’t get intoxicated by the victory. Humility keeps you sober. It reminds you that for every win, there’s a new challenge lurking. There’s always another objective to capture, another hill to take, another enemy to confront. You can’t afford to revel in your glory, not when there’s work to be done or the mission’s ongoing.

So what’s the play? How do you use humility to shape your perspective? Simple: you make it a practice, a discipline. Every day, you step back and ask yourself: What am I not seeing? Where are my blind spots? How can I expand my viewpoint to understand what’s happening now and what’s likely to happen next? Then, you use those insights to calibrate your approach, reposition your assets, and redirect your firepower.

Humility doesn’t just open your eyes; it elevates your vision. It lets you see beyond the immediate hurdles to the ultimate prize: a mission accomplished, a job well done, and a life well lived. And not just for you, but for your team, your family, and everyone who’s part of your world.

So don’t let the fog of war cloud your judgment. Use humility to clear the way, illuminate the path, and guide your steps from where you are to where you need to be. It’s not just about looking; it’s about seeing. And when you see clearly, you act decisively. You move effectively. You lead powerfully. Take that perspective. Own it. And let it drive you to victory.

Section 6: Humility and Leadership

This is a call to arms for everyone who holds a position of responsibility and has people looking to them for direction, guidance, and vision. Understand this: leadership is not a rank. It’s not a title. It’s a duty. A duty to put the needs of your team above your own. A duty to serve. And guess what weapon should be at the forefront of your arsenal? Humility.

You see, humility is not just a virtue; it’s a tactical advantage. When you lead with humility, you’re not just liked; you’re respected. You’re not just followed; you’re trusted. Why? Because you listen. You listen more than you talk. You understand that the collective wisdom of your team far outweighs your insights. You create a battle space where everyone’s voice is heard, where ideas are not just shared but interrogated, validated, and executed. That’s the breeding ground for innovation, disruption, and making an impact that reverberates far beyond the confines of your unit.

Humility also breaks down barriers of ego, rank, and arrogance. When the team sees you’re willing to get down in the trenches, do the dirty work, and shoulder the burden, they’ll follow you through hell and back. Why? Because you’ve earned their loyalty. You’ve demonstrated that you’re not just their leader but their comrade, ally, brother, or sister-in-arms. And that creates cohesion, unity, and esprit de corps that no amount of money or perks can buy.

And let’s get another thing straight: Humility is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength. A strong leader must admit they don’t have all the answers. It takes an even stronger leader to seek out those answers actively, to be willing to learn, to change course when needed, and to adapt and overcome. That’s the essence of “servant leadership”—where you serve first and lead second, where your priority is not your personal glory but the welfare and success of your team.

Remember, in any mission, operation, or endeavor, the team is the mission. And the leader serves the mission by serving the team. By doing that, you achieve your immediate objectives and build a legacy of trust, integrity, and excellence. And you’re instilling those same values in your team, shaping the next generation of leaders who will carry the torch long after you’ve moved on.

So, lead with humility. Discharge your duty with honor. Elevate your team to new heights. And in doing so, you won’t just accomplish your mission; you’ll redefine what it means to succeed. Leadership is not about being in charge; it’s about caring for those in your charge. Now, get out there and lead.

Section 7: Embrace the Humble Path to Victory

This is the final maneuver, the last push. It’s where we tie it all together and set the course for what’s next. We’ve discussed humility from all angles—how it transforms your perspective, elevates your leadership, and powers your personal and team growth. Now let’s talk about sealing the deal, about making humility your operational doctrine for achieving victory—in life, in work, in everything you do.

Here’s the first principle: Humility is not a one-time act; it’s a perpetual commitment. It’s the discipline to recognize your limitations and the courage to confront them head-on. And here’s the best part: once you make that commitment, once you make humility your guiding ethos, you unlock a level of potential you never thought possible. Because you’re no longer weighed down by ego, fear of failure, or paralysis of indecision. You’re free to act, to execute, to press the attack.

That’s not just powerful; that’s empowering. It’s empowering for you, and it’s empowering for everyone around you. Because humility is contagious, you inspire others to do the same when you model and live it. You create a culture of humility, where people are encouraged to learn, grow, and strive for excellence without fearing judgment or ridicule. That’s a winning culture. That’s a culture that survives, thrives, competes, and dominates.

And let’s get this straight: embracing humility is not about giving up your ambition, drive, or desire to win. It’s about channeling those instincts towards a greater purpose. It’s about recognizing that victory is not just your success but the success of your team, community, and family. You become a force multiplier, a catalyst for collective achievement.

This is the essence of victory through humility: a shared victory, a lasting victory, a meaningful victory. It’s the kind of victory that doesn’t just end when the mission is accomplished when the project is completed, when the game is won. It’s the kind of victory that continues to resonate, inspire, and set the standard for what’s possible. And that’s a legacy. That’s an impact. That’s a life well-lived.

So commit. Embrace humility as your path to victory. And remember, this path is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. It’s a relentless pursuit of improvement, of knowledge, of wisdom.


We’ve dissected the anatomy of humility from every conceivable angle. We’ve shined a light on its hidden strengths, exposed its transformative power, and articulated its critical role in the unforgiving battlefield of life. It’s time to bring it home, consolidate our gains, and prepare for the next mission, challenge, and fight. And make no mistake, there will always be a next fight. Life doesn’t stop. The world doesn’t pause. The enemy—complacency, arrogance, or ignorance—never sleeps. And neither should you.

So, what’s the take-home message here? Simple: Embrace humility. Embrace it like your life depends on it—because it does. This isn’t hyperbole; this is fact. When you embrace humility, you enable growth. You facilitate learning. You foster collaboration and teamwork. You augment your capabilities and multiply your impact. You go from being a solitary warrior to leading an army united by a common ethos, mission, and goal: victory.

But here’s the crucial part: this isn’t just about you. It’s about everyone around you—your team, family, and community. Your humility doesn’t just elevate you; it elevates them. It gives them the freedom to be their best selves to achieve their fullest potential. And when that happens, when you catalyze that kind of collective growth and collective achievement, you’re not just winning; you’re dominating. You’re not just surviving; you’re thriving. You’re not just making an impact; you’re leaving a legacy.
That’s the ultimate power of humility: it’s the gift that keeps on giving. It’s the force that transforms ordinary individuals into extraordinary teams, turns fleeting moments of success into sustained periods of excellence, and converts the impossible into the inevitable. And it starts with your choice to say, “I don’t know it all. I’m not the end-all, be-all. But I’m committed to learning, growing, and being better today than I was yesterday and tomorrow than I am today.”

So make that commitment. Make it here; make it now. Make it loud and clear for everyone to hear and witness. Make humility your banner, your creed, your rallying cry. And then get after it. Don’t wait for the perfect moment or the perfect opportunity. Create it. Seize it. Own it. And then? Then, you’ll know what it means to win, truly win, in the game of life.

Stay disciplined. Stay resilient.

-Jim Lunsford

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