It is a well-known fact that people who gloat around the marvelous plot of a book they intend to write will never get around to start working on it. They dissipate all their creative energy in sharing it with others. Everyone will have met a smoker who intends to give up his pernicious habit next week, or who has stopped indeed and now boasts his feat around. Such promises forebode failure and are soon forgotten.
Do not create expectations in your bearing in public. Your endeavor to impress may turn against you. One’s supposedly fine qualities better be not trumpeted around lest they be put to the test. Showing off may become self-destructive.
Being modest has the advantage of not evoking resistance detrimental to one’s objectives. Many an enlightened man presented himself to the world as a sort of clown. So he could subtly inject his wisdom without his public being aware of it.
The lesson to be learnt is that if one has made a first step on a path of change it is better to work unobtrusively until one has arrived at one’s goal safely. Discrete silence breeds energy and creativity.