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    Shakespeare and the 7 habits that bring us closer to our goals

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    An article inspired by the life and works of the Bard, William Shakespeare, which will help us understand the habits that bring us closer to our goals.

    After telling you about Dante, the great Italian poet, and how his works can inspire us to to clarify our life, in this article I want to pay tribute to the greatest poet in the United Kingdom, a country in which I have now lived for several years.


    I am of course talking about William Shakespeare.


    Whether you know entire passages of his tragedies by heart or not, you have certainly read at least a few verses in your life Shakespeare (or you've seen him perform in the cinema).

    Few other artists, in fact, have managed to leave such a profound mark on the history of culture and customs.

    In reality his historical figure is shrouded in darkness, but some testimonies and his vast literary production can make us understand the thought of Shakespeare and give us useful insights for our path of personal growth.

    Specifically, in this article with a historical flavor, I wanted to identify for you 7 habits that can bring us closer to our most ambitious goals, inspired by the life of the great English poet.

    "Habit can change the mold of nature, overcome evil, dethrone it with the force of a miracle."

    Train yourself

    “To be this or that depends only on us. Our body is a garden, and our will the gardener. "

    In several works Shakespeare mentions thehabit as an exceptional force, capable of transform men in slaves or, vice versa, to provoke Miracles.


    The Bard was particularly attentive to habits that could improve their physical performance.


    Shakespeare, in fact, who was also an actor by profession, always had to be ready to fence, dance, move with extreme agility on stage.

    Not only.

    He had to have one voice able to be heard even by the most distant public (without any kind of amplification, of course) and above all he had to keep himself healthy to face the tours and the daily hardships of a not purely intellectual job.

    In short, the profession of the actor, at the beginning of the seventeenth century, required a real one training.

    Now ... the chances that there are 600th century actors among GetPersonalGrowth readers are pretty slim, yet, whether you are a student, a professional or an entrepreneur, thephysical training cannot be missing in your life.

    A constant and focused Physical training it is able to improve your concentration, your energy levels and your self-esteem.

    So have you already decided how you will take care of your "garden" in the new year?

    Die once

    Almost all of Shakespeare's works are imbued with courage. Think for example of the epic battle between Macbeth and Macduff, from which the sketch above is taken.

    The same English poet took several risks in his life to make his dreams come true.

    First of all, having left Christmas Stratford-upon-Avon to go and live in London in search of fortune, despite having already formed a family and at that time his father's economies were not particularly prosperous.


    A few years later, then, invested his money in the shares of the Lord Chamberlain's company, when the public appreciated his lyrics more than his theatrical plays.


    Still, his insight got him on the right track and the rest is history.

    So remember ...

    “Cowards die many times before they die; the brave feel the taste of death only once. "

    If you want to make your dreams come true in the new year, get used to taking risks.

    No, you don't have to make any reckless or stupid gestures, but learn every day to face something that scares you and to get out of your shell.

    You lose years

    From the 1585 to the 1592, before Shakespeare moved to London, it is not known what his main occupation was.

    Some scholars argue that he taught e voyage for half of Europe. Others who helped his father as an apprentice in his glover's shop. Still others who began to approach the world of acting by guarding the horses of gentlemen at the entrance of some theaters.

    They could be considered 'lost years', but most likely it is from these moments of experimentations, attempts, pause e observations that his talent was able to develop.

    What is certain, in fact, is that, at the end of this period, Shakespeare began to to write.


    So stop whipping yourself if right now you feel like your life isn't going anywhere. Your path will not always be linear.

    Mind you, I'm not suggesting you indulge in laziness and unbridled fanism, but don't expect to have clear ideas about every tiny detail of your future. Do not expect to always and perfectly know, without fail, which path you should take.

    The road to our realization is also made of 'Empty', of chases and moments in which we use apparently confused experiences to acquire more skills and have clearer ideas about ourselves, our talents and our true goals.


    What we must always be accompanied by is not the rigidity of maintaining a course that perhaps makes us unhappy, but the curiosity, the will of to grow up to reinvent ourselves and start again, the courage to try.

    "Our doubts are traitors who often make us lose those goods that we could obtain, only because we do not have the courage to try."

    In the new year, give yourself the chance to make mistakes and waste some time exploring.

    Befriend kings and get drunk

    "We know who we are but not what we could be."

    Shakespeare read, observed and especially listened very very much.

    The words of the people of the people, the stories of travelers, popular ballads. He was always ready to be reached and inspire from some idea that he could rework and transform into work.

    Likewise, a open mind ed elastic it allows us to more quickly intercept trends, opportunities and people who can bring us closer to our goals.

    In the new year learn to listen more.

    • Extend your ride by acquaintances.
    • Confront with professionals which also belong to other sectors.
    • Learn More topics you've never explored.

    As for Shakespeare, it was some very powerful friends, belonging to very different fields, who allowed him to get to perform in front of the Queen Elizabeth, entering into his graces.

    At the next difficulty… go on a tour

    "There is no night that does not see the day."

    Shakespeare's life was certainly not all plain sailing.

    Just think that, in addition to the family tragedies, like the death of her XNUMX-year-old son, at some point in her career, London was brought to its knees by plague and all the theaters of the capital remained closed For me yes.

    At that juncture, in order to continue earning a living, Shakespeare and his company decided to organize a tour outside London until it was again possible to act in the English capital.

    Thus they kept the company alive, traveled and acquired many new acquaintances.

    As far as we are concerned, we live in a historical era in which the plague is the least of our worries, but even in our case, there are moments in our life in which, even if we commit ourselves with all our strength, something gets wrong. sideways and it seems to keep us from moving forward.

    These are the moments in which we accomplish two important things:

    1. If ours target we really care.
    2. Of what cloth we are made.

    In the new year, in the face of the inevitable thrusts of bad luck, do not give up:

    • Change your approach, but keep chasing your dreams.
    • Ask yourself how to get worse even more the situation in which you find yourself (and then do the exact opposite)
    • Think about what would you recommend to a friend that he was in the same situation as you.

    Long-term determination and short-term flexibility is one of the habits that bring us closest to our goals.

    Learn and improvise

    "Nothing will come out of nowhere."

    The era in which Shakespeare lived and worked is similar to ours in terms ofinnovation working.

    When he started acting, this profession was not yet well codified and there was no precise course of study.

    But Shakespeare still made his way.

    He began by putting side by side as "apprenticeSome actors, learning all he could.

    Throughout his life, he never stopped observing, improving and learning from anyone close to him.

    He was confronted with professionals of all ages and he took the best he could from every situation.

    For example, he used his experience of actor on stage to make his career more effective writer.

    He came to change even at the last moment of the jokes or the dramatic junctions, if he saw that there was something that It did not work.

    Then came the time when the theaters themselves changed shape: for the first time they were built with a superior closure that allowed them to represent the shows even in bad weather, to introduce special special effects and to appeal to a much smaller audience.

    In some ways, this metamorphosis it is analogous to the situation we are experiencing with respect to technological development, and to all new opportunities related professionals.

    If you have a goal but you are not clear on the path you can take to achieve it, don't get stuck.

    Look for opportunities for side by side someone who is already doing what you want, a mentor.

    Once you become an "apprentice", learn everything you can.

    And, like Shakespeare, always be agile and ready to improvise, a correggerti in progress, to try new techniques (or technologies) e new ways of working.

    Make this approach your guide into the new year.

    Don't care if they call you a "drunk savage"

    “Let the pain turn to anger. Do not extinguish the impetus of the heart, inflame it. "

    A drunken savage: that's just how it is Voltaire Shakespeare defined.

    To be precise, he said that Hamlet was the work of a drunken savage.

    On another occasion, too Georg bernard shaw he crushed Cimbellino heavily.

    And, as I mentioned above, at the beginning of his career people clearly showed that they appreciated his poems more than his plays.

    So, if even Shakespeare had his own detractors and his haters and his misunderstandings, we can reassure ourselves.

    Let's avoid perfectionism, and let's stop wanting to suit everyone. Let's get rid of the obsession with judgment of others.

    You know what it really is decisive to make your dreams come true?

    No he approval of all but the support real fans of your work and yours self-love.

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