Jake is completing a “brag sheet” in order to get letters of recommendation from his high school teachers. He has to pick three words to describe himself. Here is one of them:
Humble: My humility has enabled me to strike a balance between my enthusiasm for my own perspective and my respect for the insight of those with far more experience and knowledge. In pursuit of my black belt in karate, I was mentored by a sensei whose physical strength and technical prowess far exceeded my own. On a karate mat or in a boxing ring, he easily defeated me, but his perspective on the world has impacted me more than his physical strength. Because of him, my technical abilities as a fighter have given me the confidence to face volatile situations with strength of character, rather than physical strength. I have learned to be true to myself and to value my integrity in even the most challenging circumstances.