A certain amount of humility is helpful in moving on through the stages of life. It gives us a realistic approach to interacting with other people in our lives. Sometimes competing with others or stressing ourselves to prove that we are better, can be a lot of fun and provide enjoyment and rewards.
Friendly competition with friends, when all are participating with goodwill, is entertaining.
There is a downside in trying to win or achieve more just for the sake of feeling superior to another person. The result can be a loss of much needed self-esteem in the long run.
“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. True nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Hindu Proverb
Accepting that we made a mistake puts it behind us, and we can then quit pretending or wishing that it hadn’t happened. We should realize that we make mistakes just as others do, and we will make more in the future. So there’s no need to be embarrassed or worried.
“A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is by saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.” – Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
By not acting better or more important than other people we will receive respect and friendship that is so worthwhile. Over-confidence can get us into trouble as we will appear conceited, and prospective friends will be wary. But have respect for yourself and take pride in doing good
“He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.” – Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
A good balance of humility and self-confidence is an ideal way to exist.