perhaps one of the most difficult virtues to accomplish, humility was added to Benjamin Franklin's list as an afterthought. upon showing his list of virtues to a friend, franklin's attention was called to the fact that he was indeed a very proud man and thus he decided to add humility to his list. he struggled with this virtue and often joked that even if he could conceive that he had completely overcome it, he would probably be proud of his humility.
humility is a characteristic that is given to someone that is considered to be humble or modest. being humble is not necessarily giving up pride of one's accomplishments and self-worth, but rather presenting it without arrogance and conceit. humility is a quiet confidence, without boasting or showing off.
a humble person is open-minded and always willing to learn. rather than being defensive and overbearing when discussing ideas with others, a humble person listens to others' ideas and criticisms and learns from them. successful leaders are often very humble people, because in order to be successful, one must be willing to learn from everyone around them.