Sometimes we talk & talk and have nothing to say. Humbleness starts with us listening, even if we don’t agree all the time. One of the biggest reason why people listen to other people is to see if they say what we believe already. If they do, we graciously listen. If they don’t we just hear them out. Wisdom comes from knowledge, knowledge comes from learning and learning comes from listening.
God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we can hear twice as much as we say.
Guys, I'm sitting in my car and just wanted to talk to you about being humble. You know being humble is a very, very...it's a very strong resource to have. And the reason I say that is because being humble allows you to listen to other people. It allows you to step back and take in information, whereas to, you know, being cocky or, you know, being conclusive in your thoughts or being cynical doesn't allow you to do that because you've made up your mind and or you think you know everything and so it kinda shuts your ears. Humbleness again allows you to sit down, take it all in and it allows you to learn from other people. It allows you to learn from situations at hand, even situations looking back at situations. It allows you to see more clearly the things that went on and the things that you can do to avoid those types of situations again in the future. Humbleness is key, guys. It's up there with patience especially in business being humble is something that you need. If you're not a humble person just by nature, just by character, by who you are, then you need to learn and you need to understand how powerful being a humble person is. And it's not something that you can turn on and off. It's something that you need to learn and it's something that you're going to have to develop. And I don't know in some cases maybe you can't develop it. I don't know if being humble can be learned. It can be learned, I don't wanna say I don't know. I think it can be learned, but I think it's more difficult for other people than or it's more difficult for certain people.
And so...but humbleness is something that you need if you want...especially if you want to be in business. It's funny because I've heard people say that you know there's a lot of narcissism in business. But it's funny. I've heard people say I think I read it in "Forbes" magazine or something like that where most narcissists are entrepreneurs that are barely starting or that aren't even the 1% because I think being a one percenter in the United States you have to make over $400,000 a year. And that's I think that's after taxes and all that $400,000, something like it's $400,000. It could be pre-tax, I don't know. And those are one percenters so it's not the millionaires it's the one percenters. One percenter's anybody that makes over $400,000. But it's funny because I even know people that may not even own their own business but they may you know, manage a certain amount of people. And it's funny because I see narcissism in that. I've seen narcissism in bosses that I had in other jobs where, you know, they think they know it all and...there's got to be an easier way to say it. They think they don't stink man, you know.
And so, you know, I've seen it and then I've also read...I've never met a billionaire. I've never sat down to, you know, and talked to a billionaire. I've met millionaires before and they are some of the nicest people out there because they're humble. You know, and I'm not talking about somebody who wins the lottery ticket, I'm talking about somebody that goes out there and grinds it out every day and works hard for 10 years, you know, and gets to that status. He doesn't work because he wants to be a millionaire, he works because he loves the side...the business side of things. And, you know, if you do something and you love it and you do it passionately the money eventually will come and it's come to these people and they are the most humblest people man, I'm telling you. But there's a lot of narcissism on the people of that get there quickly or that are given a position due to not merit, not based on merit but maybe due to, you know, longevity or seniority. And so there's a lot of narcissism there. Again going back to my original point humbleness is key guys. It is key. It allows you to sit down and listen to people. You'd be surprised how many people that are the best at what they do. You'd be surprised how humble they are. Now again, this doesn't mean that they're all like that. But for the most part, they are because in order to get there it takes knowledge, you know, it just doesn't happen. And to gain knowledge you need to be willing to listen to people even if it's people that you don't agree with, even if it's maybe your enemy in business, you know. And when I use the word enemy I mean your competitor business. You know, Abraham Lincoln said, "I learn from everyone even from my enemies what not to do," you know, and so that's humbleness man. You know, being able to sit down and just shut up sometimes and just take it all in and gain knowledge that way.
I've heard people say that, you know, a lot of people talk and talk and talk and at the end of the day they have nothing to say. And that is so true man. You know, a lot of us talk and talk and talk and we have nothing to say. So humble yourself, guys. I'm telling you humble yourself. I do it every single day when I walk into my office. There's industry leaders way better than us, man, way better than Bravo. And I'm looking at what they're doing. I don't see them and say, "No, man, they're our competitors, they are, you know they're a bunch of idiots," and I don't do that, man. I don't. There's people out there that know what they're doing. And for me it's all about taking in what they're doing and maybe seeing how I can apply it to Bravo and see if it can allow us to scale. There's people...there's always gonna be somebody better than you always and if you want to take it to that level, instead of fighting them, learn what they're doing and apply it. You know, learn from osmosis basically. Obviously, you're not hanging out with them and but hey, man, take them out to dinner.
You know I've heard the saying and, you know, it may rub people the wrong way but I heard the saying people say, "Well rich people should take poor people out to lunch or should buy them dinner or something like that." But I feel that it's the opposite. It's I think poor people should be taking out rich people out to dinner, to learn from them, to sit down. Imagine sitting down with someone for an hour that does what you want to do at a grander level. Wouldn't you want to listen to the guy, sit down and just take it all in, man, and learn from that person? And not look at him as the enemy or a bad guy or an evil person because "Well they have more than I do. But, you know, that guy was born with a silver spoon in his mouth." How do you know? And maybe if he was, maybe he still worked his way up, you know. Guys, I'm telling you, man. Humble yourself...humble yourselves. It's key. It is key. If you wanna take what you're doing and take it to the next level, look at what the big dogs are doing. Try to learn from them see if you can apply whatever it is that they're doing. Apply to what you do. Knowledge is key. man, applied knowledge is key. It...powerful, powerful take that knowledge and apply it to yourself.
I'm talking business, guys this could...this goes for anything whatever it is. Somebody that has a great relationship, go out there and ask questions, man. "Hey, man, how do you do? How do you meet your wife? How do you know she was the one?" Guys, I'm telling you, it's out there but we feel that now we know everything man. "And you know my uncle told me that..." man, maybe your uncle was an idiot. You know, your uncle was divorced five times and he's telling you. I remember when I was a kid hanging out, teenager, and, you know, we were doing our things. You know I grew up and you know I dabble with stuff, drinking and all that. And I remember I had a...well, I knew the guy right. And he came up to me and, you know, we were...there was about 20 of us. We were all just hanging out someplace. I can't even remember where it was, somebody's backyard. And he came and he started telling me how, you know, "If you're going to be with women, man, you got to be careful, man. And you know this is the way you're gonna do it and this and you gotta to do this and you gotta do that," and I'm sitting there and I'm thinking, "Dude you have to...you're young, you already have three kids, bro. Why am I going to listen to you?" And I still listened to the guy. I sat there and I listened to him and then at the end I made up...I made the conclusion of, "Okay, none of that makes sense." And I think it doesn't make sense because you're trying to teach me something that you're not good at.
So again guys, battery is dying here. Just want to share that with you. Be humble, man, humbleness will take you, will take you to that next level. It will, guys, I'm telling you. Just wanted to share that with you. I'm in the car and just got to work. But I felt like I need to share that. It was just fresh in my heart. So, take it, guys, truly appreciate it man, everything you guys do. Thanks so much for watching this video. And I'll talk to you guys soon.
Rene Aguirre is the founder and owner of Bravo Concealment. Rene has been carrying concealed on a daily basis for over 8 years and has been a CHL (concealed handgun license) holder for more than 20 years. Finding a high interest in firearms for many years, Rene started Bravo because of the “lack of” a good concealed carry holster on the market.