A Lesson in Self-Awareness

From Singer-Songwriter, Author, Visual Artist and Nobel Laureate – Bob Dylan


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Words Of Wisdom

“When I first received this Nobel Prize for Literature, I got to wondering exactly how my songs related to literature. I wanted to reflect on it and see where the connection was.”

Those were the opening words to Dylan’s Nobel Lecture.

But let’s back up a little to understand how those words are a lesson in self-awareness.

When it was announced that Dylan had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” He didn’t respond immediately. It took him a couple of weeks to acknowledge and several months before he accepted. He didn’t attend the Nobel Prize banquet. He submitted the required lecture to officially collect the title (which he also recorded), very close to the deadline set by the Swedish Academy. 

His delayed response and non-attendance at the awards ceremony brought criticism from many. His behaviour was described as disrespectful and ungrateful. 

I consider his behaviour demonstrates the opposite. His delayed response, to me, demonstrates respect and gratitude and a lesson in self-awareness.

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Published by Carmel O' Reilly

Carmel O’ Reilly: WorkLife Learning Practitioner & Writer Author of School Of WorkLife Books & Your WorkLife Your Way: Created to help you manage your WorkLife Learning Blogger & Podcaster: Telling people’s powerful stories about WorkLife challenges & successes Founder of www.schoolofworklife.com My guiding statement is to help people pursue their WorkLives with greater clarity, passion, purpose and pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes that are accessible to everyone.

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