Johnson Cook

Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

Johnson Cook - Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

Necessary for the Tool-belt of Life: Humility


As leaders and high-performers in our companies, families, and our community, we don’t realize it, but we all too often leave a valuable tool underutilized: humility.

When we are able to find and embrace it, humility opens our eyes so that we can experience new ideas, new lessons, new people. We pay attention to things when in a state of humility that we tend to ignore otherwise. Unintentional as it may be, a lack of humility causes us to miss things.

We (I) talk a lot about the importance of confidence in everything. Confidence helps you think about the right things, with the right attitude and move in the right direction. But confidence without regularly scheduled injections of humility can run away from you. It can be your biggest downfall.

Having recently put myself through a powerfully humbling experience, I can tell you that it feels good (after the initial shock to the system).  It feels good to know that I’m still open to new ideas, directions, and people.   I’m setting a goal to seek out these situations more often and to commit myself to being in places where I can be always in check with where I really stand in the grand scheme of things.