Today marks the 400th anniversary of the death of, that greatest of all canine playwrights, William Pugspeare. Who hasn’t studied Pugspeare? Who isn’t familiar with his many quotes and phrases?
- To bark, or not to bark: that is the question.
- A bone! a bone! My Kingdom for a bone.
- Is that a ball I see before me? Come let me fetch thee.
- Good Night, Good night! Barking is such sweet sorrow, that I shall bark all night till it be morrow.
- What is a name? That which we call a treat by another name would taste as sweet.
Okay, I jest. But it’s a remarkable thing for a writer’s words to live on – so long after his death. But does it matter if they do? Success in death doesn’t mean very much, does it? After all, you can’t collect royalties when you’re dead. You can only reap the rewards of success when you’re alive.
Of course, there’s also the idea that success isn’t measured by money or fame, but rather success is measured by following your heart and doing what you love. In that sense, whether or not you achieve financial success in life is of little importance. In that sense, if you pursue what you love you will be a success.
The hard part is actually making the time to write that novel, compose that song, or paint that picture. It doesn’t matter if you’re William Shakespeare, or Neil Simon, or Edward Albee, none of them would have had any success if they hadn’t finished what they started. So, pursue what you love, finish what you start and the finished work will be your legacy. Whether or not you make any money or achieve any fame are things you can’t control. All you can control is what you do with your time.
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- Interview with Artistic Director of Verb Theatre Jamie Dunsdon: The Wolves
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