“Pick yourself back up” sounds nice in theory, but I question the phrase’s application. Oh, I understand the concept. I would like to think I’m capable of picking myself back up again. Many times I’m not.
An article at PBS explains how to raise curious kids, noting that curiosity can improve academic performance. A fair and good point, but kids aren’t the only ones who need “to be raised.” Adults do, too. They sometimes forget that curiosity is an excellent quality, in all fields of study and all stages of life. It creates excitement and allows a person to laugh with delight at the smallest of things. It causes people to try new things and to spend time learning about a subject.
“Humility is the foundation of excellence.” — Coach Sean Quinlan
Excellence rarely develops in the absence of humility. Without a spirit of humility, other traits like perfectionism and showmanship emerge. Neither have anything to do with excellence; rather, they demonstrate pride and arrogance.