Are You Keeping the Humble and Hungry Balance?

Are you keeping the humble and hungry balance? Last Friday our youngest daughter Emily graduated from Penn High School. EmilyGraduationWe are super proud of her and ready to help her in the next chapter of her life as with our other two daughters. It certainly has been a journey getting to this point and my wife and I are looking forward to the new but unfamiliar terrain. When our daughters started and graduated high school I printed out the humble and hungry advice I got from Jon Gordon blog a while back.  I gave it to my daughters and their friends intentionally for life guidance. What’s cool is it still helps me put things in perspective today.


I have found that two words are the key to a life and career of continuous improvement and growth. Whether you are just starting out and trying to make a name for yourself or you have achieved the pinnacle of success it’s important to remember to be humble and hungry.


  • Don’t think you know it all. See yourself as a life-long learner who is always seeking ways to learn, grow and improve.
  • See everyone as a teacher and learn from everyone you meet.
  • Be open to new ideas and strategies to take your life, school and work to the next level.
  • When people tell you that you are great don’t let it go to your head. And when they tell you that you stink, don’t let it go to your head.
  • Be kind to everyone and let people know that they matter.
  • Live with humility because the minute you think you have arrived at the door of greatness it will get shut in your face.
  • Humility doesn’t mean you think less of yourself. It just means you think of yourself less.


  • Follow your passion, continuously improve, and continue to dream.
  • Seek out new ideas, new strategies and new ways to push your self out of your comfort zone.
  • Invest the time, energy, sweat and dedication to be your best and let God do the rest.
  • Be willing to pay the price that greatness requires. Don’t be average. Strive to be great.
  • Become the hardest worker you know.
  • Love the process and you’ll love what the process produces.
  • Decide to leave a legacy. Even at a young age it’s important to think about what legacy you want to leave because knowing how you want to be remembered helps you decide how to live today.
  • Don’t focus on where you’ve been. Focus on where you are and where you are going.
  • Make your life and work a quest for excellence. Every day ask how I can be better today than I was yesterday?
  • Make your next work your best work.

My hope is that these words will move you to action. Regardless of your age, education or career status, if you stay Humble and Hungry everything else will take care of itself.



  • Review this monthly.
  • Share with your family and friends.
  • Keep a journal or log something you learned and put into action. Tracking your wins and referring to them when you are struggling for energy gives you affirmation of the progress you are making.
  • Get an accountability partner to cover your blind spots and give you an outside perspective.
    • Do quarterly check-ups to make sure you are going in a direction that is congruent with where you want to go and who you want to be.  A life plan may be the next step.
  • Measuring the fun in your life balance. If that is gone or minimized, do something about it because life should be fun, and work should not just be work! Put another way, life is short.