Maude Hirst has just finished four years in the hit-series Vikings. But, she says, success is more than defining yourself as the job you do. The secret? Be a verb, not a noun.

“We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing – an actor, a writer – I am a person who does things – I write, I act – and I never know what I am going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.” That’s according to Stephen Fry, highly active verb extraordinaire.

Does the wisdom of this clarification chime with you?

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