DTL: KELLY SLATER DESTROYS THE FIELD TAHITI 2016
Kelly Slater has 11 world titles. He has 55 career wins. Kelly Slater has won The Eddie. He’s the youngest to win a world title. He’s the oldest to win a world title. He’s received numerous accolades. Regardless, the thing that makes Kelly the greatest of all time is his humility. Humility sometimes defined as putting yourself in, and presenting yourself to the world in a teachable state; knowing exactly your place in this world — nothing more, nothing less.
Kelly is constantly learning. He’s open minded, which is a pinnacle of humility. From my perspective he is either consciously or unconsciously suggesting to himself, “Maybe I can learn something from this experience?”
That attitude, that mindset, by default it puts you exactly in your place. When you admit that you still have more to learn, you’re not leading with your ego, your spirit is the leading force.
The yearn for the learn.
Nothing more. Nothing less. When Kelly Slater wins, when Kelly Slater loses — and not just in surf contests, but in life — it seems to me he’s thinking big picture and asking himself, “Okay, what did I learn, what can I learn, what is my take-away from this experience and how then I can I apply that takeaway to my life going forward?”
Then of course the big move is acting on that knowledge for the betterment of mankind – that’s Dali Lama level shit. God honors action. When the spirit of humility is the leading force in one’s life, great things happen. The spirit of humility leads Kelly’s life.