From Latinopia.com on April 22, 2012:
In my family, humility has always been an important virtue. Culturally speaking, humility may be important because of the ever-present cultural permeating from Catholicism, but also because it’s a characteristic of the working class. And, ultimately, I believe that valuing humility played an important role in my family’s American Dream. That humility allowed them to rise from an immigrant family struggling to get by to a family of college-educated professionals in just a generation. If you’re not too good to do a job, then you’re willing to do whatever it takes to take care of your family (or finish college, start a business, make life better for your own children, etc.)
But humility, I’ve found, also has its drawbacks.
Recently I’ve had several conversations with other Latino/a professionals and we’ve been forced to tell each other the same thing: stop being so humble! The fact is, in our capitalist, dog-eat-dog American world, humility won’t get you very far — no matter how well-intentioned it is!