Inspiring Lessons from William Shakespeare



William Shakespeare

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In 1605, William Shakespeare dealt in real estate, purchasing areas of land near Stratford for 440 pounds, which doubled in value over time – earning him 60 pounds per year.

Lesson 1

Passive income: Many people recognise William Shakespeare as a playwright but few know him as an investor, where his passive income from land investments freed up time for him to work on his literary masterpieces. It is interesting that the concept of passive income is not new and that it has already existed in the early 1600s.

The act of penning plays were restricted and confined without the conventional style which does not align well with the story’s plot and character. William Shakespeare adhered to the conventional style but with a freer flow of words, and improvised the rest.

Lesson 2

Innovation and creativity: William Shakespeare was innovative and creative in the ways he penned his literary works. He demonstrated a certain kind of knack in aligning with the existing writing style to cater to the expectations of audience while tweaking a small aspects of it to engage them.

Most of us prefer the conventional and the tried and tested. Thus, new products introduced into the market should meet the expectations of its consumers with slightly enhanced features to attract them further. Entirely new products introduced into the marketplace that do not conform to consumer’s initial expectations are seldom successful. William Shakespeare understood this well.

William Shakespeare spent most of his time in London ,writing and acting in his play.

Lesson 3

Dedication and focus: Dedication and focus are two attributes that contribute substantially to one’s success and Shakespeare lived it. Sometimes, solitude is required for a masterpiece to  materialize. It is rather well known that numerous successful people often attribute solitary time to themselves before they create their masterpieces, regardless of their circumstances. Hopefully, this is not done at the expense of William’s marital life.

William Shakespeare possesses a deep understanding of human nature and these insights are interspersed throughout his literary works.

Lesson 4

Deep understanding of human nature: An in-depth understanding of human nature is important in almost every aspect of our lives, be it personal or business. This is especially so in interpersonal communications where an understanding of human nature enables us to put ourselves in others’ shoes and walk around with them.

William Shakespeare is not only a talented wordsmith but a prolific creator of words as well. It has been said that he created more than 1700 words in his writings.

Lesson 5

Linguistic precision: When we express ourselves in speech or in writing, accuracy and precision play a very important role in getting others to understand what we are trying to say. In recent years, the mainstream media and English speakers have been rolling out around 5400 new words every year.


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