There is an often unspoken dictum that states that we should never talk about our own accomplishments and our own virtues.
That we should be humble, deflect compliments, and never really take them seriously. That for some reason we can’t let people see that we think highly of ourselves.
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Well I don’t believe in false modesty, and you won’t see much of it on Godlike Discipline.
I have the same kind of radical self-belief as someone like Muhammad Ali, and I’m immune to both praise and blame.
It just doesn’t mean anything to me, and I hope it never will.
It means nothing to me whether someone else likes my work (although it always feels nice to have your work appreciated in the moment), and criticism just isn’t ABOUT me.
It’s always about the other person. Same with praise.
I know that I’m a spectacular human being, an incredible boxer, a dedicated human rights activist, and an insanely smart, moderately well-read guy. Among other things that I’m also “proud” of, whatever that means.
But as phenomenal as I am, I know that everyone else is pretty goddamn phenomenal too.
*Your mind can manipulate symbols and use them to describe reality
*Your eyes take in light from the universe and interpret this as “sight”
*Your body can absorb nutrients and sustain life on this planet
I’m just constantly amazed at what people are capable of, and the things I listed don’t even get into the marvelous contributions to science, art, mathematics, sports, etc that we’re all capable of making.
REMEMBER TO THINK CRITICALLY! JUST BECAUSE I WRITE IT AND PUBLISH IT ON THIS WEBSITE DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD JUST ACCEPT IT WITHOUT DECIDING FOR YOURSELF WHETHER OR NOT IT MAKES SENSE.
There’s just no room for false modesty.
It’s shying away from your own greatness; that’s all it is.
Take a compliment, sure. Heed criticism when it’s justified, sure. But neither of those things are about YOU, and they shouldn’t be given more attention than they deserve.
You’re allowed to feel good about yourself, and you’re allowed to let people know that you feel good about yourself.
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Then maybe they’ll realize that it’s ok for THEM to feel good about themselves and let OTHERS know that they feel good about themselves.
It’s what we call a virtuous circle.
In the future, I hope this is something that hardly even needs to be said.
But apparently it does, so I’m going to be the one who stands up and says it.
I’m great like that.
All the best,
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Matt Karamazov is a human rights activist, boxer, and writer who reads 200 books per year and throws 300 punches per minute. His website, Godlike Discipline, is dedicated to raising money for causes like Doctors Without Borders, and Human Rights Watch, among others. It’s also dedicated to helping people tackle their biggest willpower challenges. He also like death metal, and so, consequently doesn’t get many second dates. Here he is on a horse.