At this point, most of us know that William Shakespeare is responsible for many popular words we use on a daily basis (more than 1,700 to be exact). But he is also responsible for coining many common phrases that have solidified their position in our vocabulary.
See some examples below that can help boost your confidence and even direct your PR career path.
1) “This above all, to thine own self be true.” – Hamlet, Act III, Scene I
One of the easiest ways to position yourself as a leader at work is to stick to your guns. Take in feedback, but make sure you don’t lose your voice in the process. Let your boss know that you value feedback and you want to grow as an employee.
2) “There is no darkness but ignorance.” – Twelfth Night, Act IV, Scene II
Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Everything can be turned into a positive learning experience, so embrace the unknown. The worst thing you can do is run from opportunity.
3) “Nothing will come of nothing.” – King Lear, Act I, Scene I
Similarly, if you don’t try, you won’t succeed. Offer to help on a project, organize an offsite event for your co-workers or volunteer for a leadership role. The best way to make something happen in your career is to ask for it and then act on it.
4) “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” As You Like It, Act V, Scene I
You don’t know what you don’t know. Collaborate at the office and ask others for help – coming off as the know-it-all won’t gain you any friends.
5) “Brevity is the soul of wit.” – Hamlet, Act II, Scene II
When you write as much as we do in the PR industry, you very quickly learn the value of brevity. Say what you want to say, and just that – keep it short and sweet.
6) “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.” – Twelfth Night, Act II, Scene V
Succeeding can be a scary thing – you’re moving out of your comfort zone, growing and improving, maybe even becoming a leader at the office. Don’t shy away – embrace it! Whether you feel like you’re ready or this is a new and unknown promotion for you, seize the day and take charge.
7) “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” – As You Like It, Act II Scene VII
There are many roles to play in PR, so find one or create your own. Are you the strategic thinker, the big idea generator, or the detail-driven analyst? Think about what you love best and find ways to show your skills on projects. No matter what you value most or excel in, there will always be a place for you in the PR play.
8) “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” – Julius Caesar, Act I, Scene II
Okay, this is actually “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves” but it is more commonly used today as the version above, and it has a great message. Don’t wait for someone to hand you a promotion or new project – go ask for it. Decide what you want your career trajectory to be, set goals and envision the steps you need to take to make your dreams come true.
9) “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” – Henry IV, Part II, Act III, Scene I
If you want to endear yourself to your boss, try taking a walk in his or her shoes. Most likely, they’re not only running accounts, managing projects, prospecting new business and scouting for new hires, they have to deal with all your drama, as well! Make sure you think through your own problems before bringing them to your boss. Talk about what’s bothering you and offer a solution – it’ll make your supervisor’s job a million times easier and show that you’re a conscientious problem-solver.
10) “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” – Hamlet, Act IV, Scene V
The most important thing to remember is that you get to decide where you go next. Do you want a career change? New responsibilities at the office? Higher-profile projects to manage? Whatever your end goal is, work towards it – you never know that the future holds.
Navigating your career can be a challenge no matter if you’re new to the industry or a 20-year veteran. So next time you try negotiating* with your manager,* don’t feel disheartened* or uncomfortable.* Avoid ranting* or groveling* when you’re told you have a laughable* or obscene* request. Don’t compromise*, show your swagger* and use these phrases to feel confident and bedazzle* your boss!
*Shakespeare’s words – thanks for the help, Bard!
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