In addition to regular features like Primililinks, a couple of which have already been posted, another semi-regular feature here at Primility will be simple posts like this one that attempt to further explain, define, and generally just work through this concept that inspired the creation of the site.
Because while I may have coined the term primility, that doesn’t mean I am any type of expert about it. Not by a long shot, not yet.
But finding a way to strike the perfect balance between pride and humility seems to me like a pretty good roadmap to a fulfilling life. And in that sense, I’m just another cartographer trying to find my way and record it for others.
Here is what I’m thinking about with respect to primility today, and how the concept works in my head:
Simply put, pride is doing and humility is learning.
Let me explain.
When we know something, when we feel confident, we do. I decided to explore the concept of primility via the medium of a blog because I have pride, based on my experience, in my ability to launch and run a blog.
But at one time, I didn’t know the first thing about running a blog. I had to learn. And to learn, I had to be humble enough to a) admit I knew nothing and b) seek out the knowledge I needed. That’s what I did, and so I learned, eventually developing enough pride that I now feel comfortable branching out and using what I learned to create value for myself, my company, and (hopefully) you.
Once again, pride and humility combine to create growth. That’s the idea.
With just one or the other, it wouldn’t work. If I had simply been prideful, I’d never have been humble enough to learn what I needed to learn. If I’d only had humility, however, I might have knowledge but not do anything with it.
This is why the concept of primility works so well for me as I look at myself, look at my life, and seek ways I can improve and become better in any number of areas. Anything I want to do I can break down into the humility it will take to learn and the pride it will take to do, with both processes being of equal importance.
Pride and humility. Doing and learning.