To thine own self be true

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!

Most humbly do I take my leave, my lord.

Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 78–82


This is an excerpt from Shakespeare’s hamlet that contain classical wisdom that “To thine own self be true.” While it is possible to lie to others, always be honest with yourself. Never lie to yourself. So many people lie to themselves and live in delusions of who they are of what they have and what they are capable of. In the advent of social media people are able to amplify their personal and project false images to others, However, always remain true to yourself. How then do you ensure that you are honest and true to self. Here are 5 suggestions on being true to self:

How then do you ensure that you are honest and true to self. Here are 5 suggestions on being true to self:


  1. Set aside some time each day for self-criticism. Maintain a record of your own personal failures and weaknesses. The intention of doing this is to be aware and to have heightened awareness of your own personal weaknesses. If you do this, you will not feel bad if someone criticizes you or points out your weaknesses. You will already be aware of your weaknesses and failures.


  1. Seek small battles to win in private life. Once you have identified the weaknesses identify ways in which yon overcome these weaknesses in private.


  1. Prepare and constantly update an inventory of your skills and capabilities. Each one of us have skills and capabilities identify and take inventory. You will find that you have more skills and capabilities.


  1. Examine how you spend time. To be true to oneself, one must realise that they have got finite time and true self manifests in how one spends resources and specifically time. “Where your treasures are, there your heart is.” So where your time is spent is where your heart is. This will help you identify what you treasure and value.


  1. Share emotional, moral struggles and conflicts with close associates. Let those close to you know that you are not superhuman and you have your own weaknesses. You will not be pressured to live a double life.


Adapted from Rabbi Daniel Lapin’s 10 Commandments of Business and Life and Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Published by Samuel Ng'ang'a Mwangi

Author of "So You Want To Get Into Courtship?" A Guide To Purposeful Christian Courtship. One day I had too much to tell but there was no one to tell the story. I had to write articles, print them and then give them out to anyone who cared to read. Not everyone who was interested in my writing but I was happy that I had found a way of sharing my thoughts. By the time I was distributing my fourth article, I had dozens of emails from my readers expressing their excitement over my writing. Thanks to the internet and free word press blog, now I have a forum to pen my thoughts, opinions and convictions. None of my writings in this blog is sponsored. It expresses the authors’ bird eye view on the happenstances in his native country and world especially on social matters such as love, religion, economic well being. I feature stories of persons I have read or personally interacted with whom I consider worth emulating on my blog

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