Want to grow? Stay humble

Ogunbowale Olugbenga
2 min readApr 7, 2022


Humility is an invaluable trait when you’re trying to grow as a human being. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to put your pride aside and listen to feedback.

From my personal experience, I know how difficult this can be because every single one of us believes that we are ‘the best thing since slice bread’. While it is awesome to believe the best of yourself, it is impossible to see your faults and shortcomings all by yourself. For example, your eyes can see your chest and your legs and the front view of your body but not your back (except you use a mirror.

As CEO of Grant Master, I can easily bullshit my way through my shortcomings and not apologize for nor admit my faults but I try very hard to listen to, and act on feedback. What is the essence of hiring a smart team If I won’t hear them out?

To continue to grow, you have to take feedback. Taking feedback is also a function of where it is coming from. Prioritize feedback from people who are more experienced than you, people who understand what you are trying to do, people working with you (your bosses, your peers and your surbordinates), and people who have your best interest at heart. It’s difficult to take feedback from someone who consistently antagonizes you. However, reflect on every feedback whether or not you like the person. This takes serious humility.

Every feedback is an opportunity for you to reflect, recalibrate and relaunch.

If you want to grow, you have to stay humble.