Humility is undoubtedly one of the most important values, but how do you know if you are applying it correctly?
One example is the story of Maria Callas when she was going to sing at a festival in 1958:
It was the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. Callas was telling the organizer, Gian Carlo Menotti, that he was saving good money by hiring her.
"If you spend too much money on a very colorful set, the audience might get distracted and not pay attention to me."
According to Callas, it wouldn't be a good idea to hire a very expensive tenor either, since people would come to listen to her. Why spend money?
Maybe Menotti tried to make conversation to cover up. "By the way, I've hired Luchino Visconti as director"
To give you an idea, Visconti director of theatre, opera and cinema. The year before he had won a Silver Lion in Venice.
"Wonderful," said the singer. But after thinking about it for a few seconds, she added:
"...however, if there's one thing Visconti lacks, it's humility."
The one they called "The Divine" had several anecdotes like that.
Like the time he heard his rival Renata Tebaldi sing, and said, "What a sweet voice... but well, who cares?"
What cannot be denied is that I was absolutely sure that I was up to the task at every presentation.
You may not share his attitude, but the truth is that humility has a rather dangerous corner:
Imposter syndrome, or the irrational belief that you're not good enough.
No matter what your experience is, you feel insecure and any criticism will make you uneasy.
I wouldn't be surprised if Callas suffered from that. Pavarotti himself confessed it more than once, as did the fear of waking up any day without a voice.
I ask myself: if we are all "unique" and "have potential", shouldn't we spread the word so that others know about it?
At the other end is pride, which can get you into a lot of trouble.
But absolutely all the people who accomplished great things, believed they were the only ones who could do it.
Could Gandhi have done everything he did if he hadn't thought that way?
They say that one must not only be, but appear.
But it also takes belief. And part of believing is saying it. When they ask you, "Are you the right person to do this?"
Don't let your lip quiver when you say it. It's you and no one else. We need you.
There's no room for doubt.
It's only a few days away from my tenth year of developing The Knesix Code... but I still can't get my vision right.
How much longer? I don't know.
But you can be a protagonist of this process from today, by registering at this link:
I'll be waiting for you at the Virtual Campus,
Jesús Enrique Rosas
I can write a whole story when I read your body language.