When the applause, and recognition come, are you arrogant or humble?

There are times in life when you will choose well. Your effective, faithful, and wise actions will produce great success. Then what? We hear a lot about being a “good loser,” but what about being a “good winner?”

Charles Spurgeon was known as “The Prince of Preachers.” He left us hundreds of sermons and dozens of books filled with insightful sayings. One of my favorites is:

“Success is the crucible of character.”

Success tests you, tries you, and forms you. You can choose to be arrogant or you can choose to be humble. Success is almost always a result of choice and action and skill and luck. Arrogant people take credit wherever they can. They gloss over the help they received from others. They forget about any good luck.

Wise people choose humility. They thank everyone who helped them, including friends and professional advisors. They give credit to the team and downplay their own contribution. If good luck played a part in their success, humble people mention it.

The wisest folks go further. They analyze the process, not only the outcome. It’s easy to assume that a good outcome was the result of a good decision and great execution. But sometimes you can do everything right and have a bad outcome. Other times you can be successful in spite of yourself.

Choosing the humble way is part of living a life worth imitating. Thank everyone who helps you. Acknowledge the role of luck. Be the best winner you can be.

Are you a good winner?


Terry Moore, CCIM, is the author of Building Legacy Wealth: How to Build Wealth and Live a Life Worth Imitating. Read his “Welcome to My Blog.

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