STACKletes Speak Up: Humble or Hungry?

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Humble and hungry—two words often paired up. Recognizing their value and making them your mantra can be fundamental to your success. We asked our STACKletes if one was more important than the other.

The majority of respondents went with "hungry." Michael Nast said athletes should "stay hungry," since that's what can "get you to the top." Another STACKlete wrote "starving," going beyond "hungry" to imply deeper craving, the wanting-it-more factor, motivation and incessant drive to get better and better, regardless of your talent level.

Ryan Brand opined that staying humble was a precondition for being hungry, suggesting that you cannot remain hungry if you are not first unassuming. If you do not exhibit enough humility, you can become complacent. Humility prevents you from being too impressed with your performance and the amount of effort you put in, day after day.

Joseph del Toro is right. Ultimately, if you can stay both humble and hungry, your game will benefit.

STACKlete Dwayne Elliott Huff suggested listening to the classic pre-game song, "Eye of the Tiger", by Survivor. We  leave you with the words of the first verse:

So many times, it happens too fast
You change your passion for glory
Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive

Below, check out what Lisa Leslie and Peyton Manning have to say on the Two H's.


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