Noel Coward was a smart man

January 9, 2016

Noel Coward
Over dinner at Fog City in San Francisco not too long ago, my friend, Evey, mentioned this quote, knowing how much I would love it.

Parents are full of advice–I know mine were–but when I heard this Noel Coward quote, I knew it encapsulated what I’d tell a child if I had one.

Work Hard

A real sense of self-worth comes from hard work but you don’t know it until you experience it.

Do the Best You Can

No one can ask more of another than that. Make an honest assessment: have you done your best?

Have Faith in  Yourself

The world can sometimes suck your self-confidence tank dry but resist emptying it. Have faith in yourself, your judgment, your abilities, your recognition of when it’s time to reach out for help.

What Others Say About You Doesn’t Matter

Kids can be cruel and it doesn’t stop in high school.  With any luck, you’ve been able to shore up your self confidence because there are always going to be people who don’t appreciate what you have to offer. You may think your heart is obvious, but some people can’t see past themselves. Take no notice of what others say about you, I’d tell a child of mine. Be yourself.

That’s it. The basics, encapsulated in this Noel Coward quote.  Would you add anything?

One comment on “Noel Coward was a smart man
  1. Want something? You need to EARN it. Including praise. Damn if we didn’t screw it up…self-esteem has often become entitlement.

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