Always Stay Humble and Kind


I have a confession to make.

I love country music.

Don’t judge me.


But rather you do or don’t, there are so many good reminders in this song-

Always Stay Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw.


I have another confession to make.

My wife and I don’t drink or go to bars anymore, but we used to when we were younger.

We especially liked a good dive with good country music on the jukebox.


Now we drink coffee.

This morning coffee time was over, and I was supposed to get to creating, but Barb turned this song on and talked me into another cup.

She didn’t really talk me into it, she just played the song, which led me to say- “hey, let’s see if we can find that on video” and also, “OK, let’s have one more cup before I get to work.”

To which she replied, “see, it’s just like the bar- just got to get the right song”. 🙂

I love that girl…

anyways, back to my point- the point of this blog and lesson.


There are so many great lessons/reminders in this song.

It gives great advice for life.

I hope you’ll listen and extract some of them yourself.


Some of my faves are about kindness and respect- including the language of respect we teach at KMMA, and respect for our elders…

about integrity and about climbing the mountain to success, but staying grounded in what matters most as we do…

“When the dreams you’re dreaming come to you, when the work you put in is realized; let yourself feel the pride, but always stay humble and kind.”


“don’t expect a free ride from no one

“don’t hold a grudge or a chip and here’s why: bitterness keeps you from flying. Always stay humble and kind.”


There’s much more…

you really must listen to this song.


But why and what does it all mean anyway?

As in all things, it is only useful if it educates, edifies and/or makes us behave and/or change for the better.


The advice is a great reminder for us, but also for all those we love and lead.


I’ll close with a final confession.

The song resonates for me as the wisdom shared by a father to his children…

and, as confident a man as I am, who has helped hundreds of parents with their most important task of training about their kids in the way they should go…

my feelings of inadequacy always come on this subject- wondering if I did, and if I am doing, the very best I can do in raising up my own.


Leading teams is difficult, but raising kids is hard, and with far more meaningful and even eternal ramifications.

So, the lessons of this song not only speak to me emotionally, but also as a reminder of how I should act and how I should try and advise and help my kids to live.

They’re all grown or near that, so I am not as much instructing as advising anymore…

If I could go back, I’d instruct and reenforce these most important lessons and life skills even more.


So, my closing question for you is:

how and with whom will you apply these lessons, if you will; and/or are they great reminders for you?


I really can’t wait to hear from you.

I’ll open a discussion string at our Official KMMA Family page.


God bless and have a great weekend!

Shihan Steve






About Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo: Grandmaster Del Castillo is the founding Master Instructor of Krav Maga Martial Arts and has been empowering lives in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties since October of 2000. He is a 7th degree Blackbelt, MBA, author, mentor and success coach, a US Army Veteran and a proud father and grandfather. He is married to Ms. Barbara Del Castillo who helps him run the school. Grand Master Del Castillo began his training in the early 80’s and has high level blackbelts in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Premier Martial Arts and Krav Maga Martial Arts as well as experience in kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do and Jiujitsu. He has high level instructor certifications from BBSI, IKMF, and KMG and has been featured in numerous Martial Arts publications and also Success magazine. He was a competitive sport karate and American Kickboxing instructor until he enlisted in the US Army where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he won an Army Green to Gold scholarship and proceeded to ROTC and the University of Tampa. He was commissioned in 1992 and went on to serve in Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division and then in several other posts in the US until he left military service to pursue his dream of creating KMMA in 2000.

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