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How Do You Practice Intellectual Humility? | John R. Miles | Passion Struck Podcast
Why is humility vital to your success

In this week’s episode of the Passion Struck Podcast, John R. Miles discusses why humility is vital to your success and how do you practice intellectual humility. Many see a version of themselves that is far better looking, more successful, and more highly regarded than they truly are. And, that is the danger when we are taught to cling to and take pride in our own identity. This is where we creep into having an ego problem, and pride becomes our vice.

51 | Why Humility is Vital to Your Success | John R. Miles | Passion Struck Podcast
51 | Why Humility is Vital to Your Success | John R. Miles | Passion Struck Podcast

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“The danger is this: when we are being taught to be highly sensitive to others’ identities, we are also implicitly being told to cling to and take pride in our own identity. This is where the danger creeps in. Pride is a vice.”

Thomas Horton

Why Is Practicing Intellectual Humility Important?

One of the vital aspects of intellectual humility is valuing others and hearing what they have to say. To do this, you must understand the other person’s emotional state and the intentions behind their words and actions. Doing so allows us to understand their feelings and will enable us to receive valuable feedback. Making intellectual humility a potent attribute to obtain will help you build strong relationships both in your career and personal life.

“I find intellectual humility is one of the most underrated and undervalued virtues, but one that most outstanding leaders possess.”

John R. Miles

When we embrace intellectual humility, we recognize that our own perspectives will always be limited. This recognition leaves us well-positioned to gain knowledge from peers, partners, or family and learn from their guidance. In turn, by understanding the limits of one’s acumen, including being sensitive to the circumstances in which one’s pride and ego function self-deceptively, we can grow more sensitive to biases, prejudices, and limitations of one’s viewpoint.

Here are additional topics from past podcasts that were mentioned in the show:

Practice Intellectual Humility Show Notes

  • Thomas Horton Quote
  • Why do others perceive us differently than we perceive ourselves
  • John tells a personal story of learning how to practice intellectual humility the hard way
  • Letting ego get the best of us
  • Why it’s hard to foster intellectual humility
  • How you can recognize if you are not practicing intellectual humility
  • Why being humble is underrated
  • 4 ways you can practice intellectual humility
  • What happens when we don’t practice intellectual humility


The problem with self-inflated self-worth is that it can cause a huge ego problem. And that becomes a massive liability.

We need to create a culture that celebrates the words “I am wrong.”

Intellectual humility is actually having the self-confidence actually to realize that you could be wrong. And then having the willingness to learn from other people’s experiences.

Quotes About How to Practice Intellectual Humility by John R. Miles


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