George Bernard Shaw was born in Ireland on July 26th, 1856. He moved to London in 1876 at age 20. He wrote over 60 plays throughout his lifespan and was awarded in 1925 the Noble Prize in Literature.
The Life Of George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw– Born in Dublin, Ireland, on July 26, 1856. He is the youngest child, with two older sisters. His education was composed of tutoring sessions that were provided by his uncle. Shaw showed interest in the world of arts, such as music and literature. He explored the National Gallery of Ireland with his mother during his early childhood years. His family moved to London, where Shaw was financially struggling, and his mother supported him while he worked on his first novel in the British Museum reading room. Sadly, he experiences multiple failures, and publishers rejected his writings and hard work. In 1884, he joined the Fabian Society and was given an opportunity to edit famous socialism essays. This opened numerous doors for his writing career.
What Can We Learn From George Bernard Shaw?
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
George Bernard Shaw experiences failure and made mistakes, and he embraces it. We should not be afraid of failures, and let fear get in the way of doing something. Rather than staying on the safe side of life, we should take a couple of risks. In the end, we will glad we did rather than living with regret. As Shaw quoted;
Create Your Own Identity
Some individuals have trouble finding their own identity. Instead, they socialize with different groups and allow themselves to be influenced until they no longer know who they truly are. Be unique, and develop your own identity. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” In other words, don’t try to find your identity in this world, create it.
Imagination is powerful
Imagination is the beginning for everything. It has more power than any advice or books that you will ever come across. Imagination spark innovation and creativity. Some of the most influential artists and scientists have the ability to think outside of the box, turning their imagination into actions that changed our lives today. George Shaw Bernard had an enormous amount of imagination to write 60 successful plays throughout his life. “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.” Have more imagination and believe in your dreams! (view imagination quotes here)
Don’t focus on hate and negativity
If you have hate and negativity in your heart, your mind will never produce anything rewarding. Have positivity and kindness in your heart, and the quality of your life will improve with better health and productivity. As Bernard quoted Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated. Don’t put your time and energy into hating people, use it wisely to do something meaningful.
Have a purpose
To live a satisfying life, we must have a purpose. There are people today in different countries (Syria) fighting to survive because they have a purpose, they have young children and want to live to protect their family. It is important to have a reason to live. As Bernard quoted, ‘satisfaction is death,’ having everything in life, means you have no purpose, it is necessary to keep active, establishing new goals and doing something meaningful every day. “As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.”- George Bernard Shaw. We must always have a ‘want’; Bernard isn’t referring to material wealth here, more like learning a new skill, sharing your story with the world, a purpose-driven career, or accomplishing a milestone- at any age!
To achieve something we never had, we must be willing to do something we never did. If we are unwilling to change, we will be left behind. We live in a world that is changing every day, and we should be able to accept change to survive. Progress is only possible with change, as Bernard quoted “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” In other words, don’t be stubborn in your ways, be flexible and willing to adapt to changes.
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