Humility is forged through fires of trial by the hammer of obedience over the anvil of faith. As God directs trials in our lives we become malleable. As our love for God grows, we submit in obedience to His will to complete these trials. Forsaking our will for His hammers on our sin nature molding us into a more Christ-like servant. Success is born from our faith buttressed as an anvil that we rest upon as we submit under the hammer. (John 3:30) Humility diminishes self.