Would Shakespeare have made a good coach?

This Saturday marks the four hundredth anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Seeing as the playwright created many of the sayings which we take for granted, I thought it might be interesting to imagine what he may have had to say as a coach.

Here are just a few quotations from his work:

And though she be but little, she is fierce.

A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Act III, Scene II

Could Shakespeare be challenging the assumptions we sometimes make?

And no legacy is so rich as honesty.

All’s Well That Ends Well, Act III, Scene V

The Bard reminds us of the value of telling the truth.

Who knows himself a braggart,
Let him fear this, for it will come to pass
that every braggart shall be found an ass.

All’s Well That Ends Well, Act IV, Scene III

Shakespeare reminds us that show offs sometimes get shown up!

Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.

Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene III

A thought-through plan can be more effective than throwing oneself into activity …

Be great in act, as you have been in thought.

King John, Act V, Scene I

… but a plan remains just that until you take the first step.

Our doubts are traitors
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.

Measure For Measure, Act I, Scene IV

Shakespeare recognises the way in which limiting beliefs can prevent us from acting.

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

Hamlet, Act IV, Scene V

We cannot see the future and sometimes cannot see our latent potential: if you’d like to work with a modern-day coach to explore what you may be, do email me to see how we can work together. I promise not to speak in blank verse!

Today’s pebble for your thoughts: what quotations inspire you?

Any thoughts?

Turning over pebbles is the blog of Thinking Space Coaching. 

If you’d like to make progress in your work and life, why not email me to see how we can work together?






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