My greatest challenge in the heart has been learning to accept humility. Throughout my life, I’ve taken pride in my work ethic and believed I deserved success. This determination usually led to achievement but left me utterly unprepared for criticism. Having my baseball coach question my dedication, and having my parents call me out on procrastination allowed me to have success in my life. Two years ago, my baseball coach told me that I wouldn’t play much on the team.
He told me that he wanted me to prove myself and my determination to earn respect and an important role on the team. At first, I was infuriated by this news and questioned my coach’s reasoning, and I let him know that I disagreed with his decision. I called my parents and asked them what to do next. I almost thought of leaving the school because of it.
However, my determination overcame my reaction, and I only worked harder because of it. I worked on my skills every day and went out of my way to show the coaches my passion and dedication. I accepted humility and found myself as the most reliable pitcher on the team the following year. If I haven’t embraced humility, I wouldn’t have gotten the chance to play for the team and have a successful season.
Another event that required me to accept criticism was when my parents called me out on my procrastination. On a night when I don’t have much homework, I often get less work done than on a night with an abundance of work.
I have always done better at work when the due date is looming because of the pressure it places on me. I believe that I work hard, but my parents criticized my organization and work ethic because of my procrastination. I wanted to argue with them, but instead, I tried to work on it and used it as a chance to improve myself. Despite my tendency to value pride over accepting failure, I’ve learned that failure motivates success. Without experiencing adversity, I wouldn’t have worked as hard as I did to improve. Learning to accept humility allowed me to have success in life, and helped me strive to become the best version of myself.