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To Thine Own Self Be True

Updated: Nov 9, 2022

To Thine Own Self Be True I was watching a movie recently called The Renaissance Man. In the movie, Danny DeVito gets a gig teaching English at an army base. His character is tasked with teaching a group of underachieving students from poor backgrounds who seem apathetic about their education. He becomes frustrated but finally turns the class around when he begins discussing Hamlet.

The students learn a valuable lesson on achievement surrounding the phrase, “To thine own self be true,” and it made me think about what this means for us.

For me, it means bringing passion and authenticity to everything we do. Knowing who you are, listening to your inner voice, and being free to choose your own path in life. It is also standing up for what you believe in and speaking your truth, even if it is not what others want to hear.

This sounds easy but the voices around us present a constant challenge. I believe you have to be you, and the choices you make will dictate the life you lead. As Polonius says in Hamlet, “To thine own self be true.”

Until next time…I’m Marty, make every minute count.


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