Humble up – a book extract

I’m currently writing the book of the film I’ve made:  PGS – Intuition is your Personal Guidance System.

The book is taking longer than I anticipated.
Just as the film did.

But I thought I’d share with you an extract about humility. I believe humility is key to accessing the full benefits of your intuitive system.

I’m hoping the book will be out mid year – in the meantime, here is this extract:



This is a term that Caroline Myss uses, and I love it.

Humble up.

Many people see humility as a weakness. I’ve learned to see it as a strength. In this highly competitive world, you’re taught to not only be the top dog, but to tell everyone from a great height that you’re the top dog. You have to scream it from the rooftops, or more likely now, YouTube or Instagram.

And to get to those dizzy heights of being the top dog you have to be brash, assertive, aggressive, you have to see yourself as being the best. Along with that comes arrogance, ego, self-aggrandisment, and noise. Plenty of noise. Around you, and inside you. Humility is for losers. Humility is for those that can never make it. The weak. The ineffectual. The babies.

I call these so-called “winners” Roman Candles. They launch up into the air all a glitter, they burn bright for a short while, then they plummet to earth in darkness, never to be seen again.

Humility is strength.
Humility is quiet.
Humility is stillness.
Humility lasts.

 I watched the Super Bowl yesterday. I’m Australian and I don’t understand American football, but I do understand human nature. There was this guy, he’s a quarterback, whatever that is, and from what all the commentators said, he was a pretty damn good quarterback. His name was Tom Brady. The sporting pundits said he was a legend. Yet when he was interviewed, he was humble. Very humble. He seemed like a regular kind of bloke.

Same with interviews I’ve seen with Roger Federer. He’s one of the greatest tennis players of all time. And man o man, is he humble. Same with Kelly Slater. He’s won the world title for surfboard riding a gazillion times. In his field, he’s a great.

These are just sporting legends. There are legends in all fields – science, medicine, the arts, in business and commerce – and the one thing these legends, these true greats, have in common is that they’re humble. They don’t need to talk themselves up. Their actions do that for them. Their achievements. Look at Elon Musk. He’s so humble you sometimes think he’s a robot. Maybe he is.

The other thing about these greats? They’re quiet. And they’re still. Elon Musk is quiet and still. And in this footy game yesterday, this Super Bowl, I noticed that when Tom Brady’s team scored a touchdown, and everyone else was jumping around and whopping and hollering, Tom Brady was still and quiet and reflective. And when things didn’t go his way and he dropped a pass, if that’s the term, he was the same way. He never got caught up in the emotion of winning, or losing. He stayed in energetic balance. That to me was the sign of a true great.

You can’t hope to become intuitive if you’re arrogant, brash, or full of yourself. You have to humble up, and see it not as a weakness, but as the greatest strength that you can possibly have. Because at the heart of humility is a rock-hard sense of belief in yourself. And your self.

You don’t need to tell people you’re great. And you don’t need people to tell you you’re great. You are great, you know you’re great, but that greatness lies in knowing that you’re an aspect of the divine, incarnated for a short while in the current body you inhabit. And that all this noise around you is meaningless. And transitory. And the only thing that lasts is your true self.

photo: Chema Perez-Ullivarri

6 thoughts on “Humble up – a book extract

  1. Hi Bill – terrific post – thank you. I’ve re-read your post a number of times over the past day and a thought came to me that humility has no ego attached to it. I then recalled James van Praag’s wonderfully wise words which were part of his interview in your PGS film, particularly his interpretation of the word “ego”. How aptly enlightened it was of him to say that the word “ego” means “edging God out”. God lives in the words “humble and humility”. God cannot live in the word “ego”.
    Much love to you and Jen –
    Jenny xoxo

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