William Shakespeare: the bard of business advice? Although it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you talk about the famous playwright, his plays are full of lessons and cautionary tales on everything from advice on loans, to the pitfalls of misplaced trust.
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of his death, we’ve pulled together some of his most insightful quotes on entrepreneurship which, although written several centuries ago, are still undoubtedly relevant to modern working life.
“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” – Hamlet
Risk and failure are inevitable in business. But, next time something bad happens, try to approach it with a positive outlook, and it’ll be much easier to find a solution.
“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” – As You Like It
Never get too confident when it comes to business. You may be knowledgeable in your sector, but there will always be things you don’t know. And that’s ok.
“Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.” – Hamlet
Active listening is an essential component of running a business. This can help you to understand the people you’re working with, and make informed decisions across all business practices. Also, be careful about the information you choose to share, and the people you choose to put your trust in.
“Strong reasons make strong actions.” – King John
It’s important to look carefully at opportunities before you commit to them, using reason, logic and outside opinion if possible. Informed decisions are always the best decisions.
“The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.” – All’s Well That Ends Well
Career plans (and personal plans) will not always go according to, well, plan. Accepting this, and being flexible and adaptable, makes it much easier to get back up when you’ve been knocked down.