|We’ve all done it. Walked into a situation feeling overly confident…ready to take everyone by storm, only to get knocked down on our took us by unexpected “facts”. Lucky for me, this happened very early in my non-profit career. I started working at a rape crisis center doing fundraising. I brought with me a lot of enthusiasm, some strident feminism and a whole lot of misconceptions about how to work with survivors. I quickly learned:
1. You never tell a survivor when to leave their perpetrator.
2. Never tell a survivor what she NEEDS to do.
ULTIMATE LESSON: Humility
So, the next time you walk into a room feeling overly confident, only to get knocked down, just remind yourself that (A) You’re in good company (mine!); and (B) This moment will pass and be replaced with a good dose of humility and an opportunity to truly see and understand another person’s experience.
That is why I consider humility to be the sharpest tool in my shed!