néng zì dé shī zhě wàng 能自得师者王
Eagerness to Learn Enables One to Excel Oneself.
Literally, this term means that a person who is able to find a teacher and is eager to learn may become a king. It indicates that a modest person who is eager to learn from others may accomplish great feats. King originally refers to the one who holds the supreme power of a nation, but it can also refer to a person who has made tremendous achievements and realized a great goal. This term has two conceptions. First, a person with the supreme power of a nation must not lord it over others, thinking he is always right; instead he should be modest, and be courteous to the worthy people. Thus he will win the people’s support and accomplish great achievements. Second, only when a person is modest and eager to learn from others, will he be able to broaden his knowledge, improve himself, and eventually become a person of great strength.
A person who is able to find a teacher and is eager to learn may become a king. An arrogant person who always thinks that no one is better than himself will perish. A modest person who often asks questions will become broad-minded. A conceited person who thinks he is always right will become narrow-minded. (The Book of History)