False modesty sucks
Muhammad Ali. The Greatest. And confident enough to say it. As he was famously quoted, "it ain't bragging if it's true". So why do many of us use false modesty when talking about our achievements? Ever won an accolade and then rattled on about being 'humbled' to have been awarded? Why? You should be shouting it proudly from the rooftops!
At first pass, false modesty can easily be passed off as simple self-deprecation by seemingly belittling one's own accomplishments. But does this act of disparaging oneself by denigrating your own performance have a more sinister side? After all, it is a lie. Possibly a well intentioned 'white' lie but a lie nonetheless. And can dishonesty ever really be acceptable? It always makes me wonder what other lies are being perpetrated.
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