Lessons In Humility

Over this weekend I have learnt some lessons in humility from two people in very senior positions in the corporate world

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One is the BD head, VP or something of my company.

There was this calender depiciting the various dance forms of India in her cabin and when I had gone to her for some work a couple of months ago, I saw it and admired it. I told her that after the year gets over, I wanted the calender from her. She looked and me and asked me why? I said, I just liked it a lot, and may be could do something with the pictures in it.

She smiled and asked me to take it with me. I refused saying its fine and honestly that was the only calender I could see in her room.

She insisted and I refused and came out.

Yesterday morning when I got to my desk, I saw the calender lying in my desk. I must admit I was plesantly surprised.

She wasnt there when I went to thank her, but she came to me later to tell me that the calender looked better at my desk than her cabin πŸ™‚

I thanked her profusely. She told me that she got another set of calender on Saturday, and then remembered that I had liked this one, so she just kept it at my desk before going home!

Isnt that wonderful!

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The second one was on Sunday when we had gone to my relative’s place. My cousin and I and R went out to get samosas and when we came back, there was this guy, his wife nad the guy’s mother at my relative’s place. They had come to meet them and were enroute to their place.

I went inside saying hello and then went into the kitchen to keep the samosas and was totally astonished to see that R was playing and had bonded with the guy so easily. The whole time they were around, R was just following him like a puppy, insisting that he play with her.

The guy was awesome with her. So awesome that honestly, the only other person who I have seen bond with kids instantly is my Appa..and of course, the Pied Piper of Hamelin πŸ™‚

It was amazing, he taught her how to climb on him, made himself search for her while she was holding onto his t shirt right behind her..in short, I was a fan of that guy.

After they went, we discovered, the guy is infact, the Managing Director of a BIG FMGC firm.

I must admit, I was pretty shocked. He was so so unassuming that its difficult to believe that. His mom made me promise that we would stop by at their house enroute to Goa, etc etc…

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Two people at high places in the corporate world, but their humility is pretty awe inspiring.

Lessons you learn in life come from all corners eh?

PS – The guy told R that she could go with him to his house. R agreed within seconds and refused to stay back. I had to cajole R and promise her that we would visit him soon. Only then she let them go πŸ™‚

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30 Responses to Lessons In Humility

  1. Such wonderful people! πŸ™‚ Well, I guess it is usually the empty vessels that make all the noise, no? Because really, someone who has truly moved to the “top” will always stay grounded πŸ™‚

    Lovely instances RM !

  2. Santulan says:

    Just goes to show that if people climb up the ladder, doesn’t mean that they must lose their approachability or caring for their fellow people..

    Great guys πŸ™‚

  3. techie2mom says:

    I am seriously impressed!!! In my last organization i came across such people and i became fan!!
    And i loved that lady who left her calender at your desk πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing the lessons in humility πŸ™‚

  4. i am impressed and certainly a lesson to be learnt,especially in first scenario.In the second one I feel kids do have have something in them which melts everyone’s heart…But yes I agree not everyone is so friendly with kids.
    Hats off to the two amazing people you met.

  5. Sreetama says:

    Wow! They are really nice and humble people, sign of wisdom and grace! The post made my day! πŸ™‚

  6. Yes, lessons do come from all corners in life. πŸ™‚

    Honestly speaking, I have mostly found people in very high corporate positions to be extremely simple and humble. I have found a superiority complex and a high level of ego largely in people who have nothing to show for themselves.

  7. ashreyamom says:

    even i have seen, people at higher cadre are majorly good, sweet.. not the arrogant bosses we see. may be we need such qualities to get everybodys respect and trust.

  8. Ashwathy says:

    The best sign of greatness is modesty/humility πŸ™‚

  9. Filter Kaapi says:

    Great people! BTW congrats on ‘surutufying’ the calendar πŸ˜‰

    post comment: surutu is kinda colloquial word for ‘informal’ stealing. Like stealing a shirt from sibling, for instance πŸ˜‰

  10. anisnest says:

    May God bless them..

  11. Wonderful people and I have something similar experience I will write about it.

  12. Smita says:

    A heartwarming incident!!!

  13. So that implies good qualities take you to great heights in life, not those cunning…selfcenteredness n butter polishing wale traits.

  14. Especially impressed by the senior lady in your office for the gesture and remembering the conversation with you which happened two months back.

  15. Amit says:

    I have met such a person and he reinstated my faith in many ways. You don’t have to be mean to climb the corporate ladder. In fact you don’t have to be mean to be successful.

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