Lessons we can learn from Grace Kelly

Updated: Dec 3, 2021

Grace Patricia Kelly was an American film actress who, after starring in several significant films in the early to mid-1950s, became Princess of Monaco by marrying Prince Rainier III in April 1956. She was an icon of glamour, style, good manners and the golden age of Hollywood.


Here are some lessons we can learn from Grace Kelly:


Good manners go a long way


Good manners are very rare these days. Grace was a stickler for them. She was brought up in a very strict household where the value of good manners was instilled in the Kelly children. Good manners are not just about saying please and thank you but also about not being boastful. People who are less fortunate in life often resent successful people. Grace had a way of making people feel good about themselves, even though their lives were not so blessed. She was renowned for being serene in defeat and humble in victory.


Don't lose your temper


Grace never argued with her brother and sisters. Not to get angry is not a sign of weakness. Usually when people start ranting it just gets out of hand, it's much better to discuss things calmly and try to come to some arrangement. If not just walk away and let things simmer down and talk later. If the argument is with a partner or family member, the best thing you can do is to go for a walk and let your head cool down, then discuss things calmly later or the next day if it's possible.

"Why get angry? Getting angry doesn't solve anything. I don't like yelling and I ca't quarrel. I prefer to let it drop." – Grace Kelly


Good discipline


Discipline is a must and again it is very rare these days, but without a strict regime Grace would never have become the actress she was. She played a major role in her children's upbringing and tried to instil a certain amount of discipline, although she was not as strict as her own mother.


"I am in favour of discipline. If you don't impose it on your children at an early age, life will impose it on them with a brutality of which no father or mother would ever be capable of." - Grace Kelly

You don't get anything for nothing


Grace said her father had a simple view on life, you don't get anything for nothing. Everything has to be earned through work, persistence and honesty. This fact remains the same. If you work at something and stay focused you will eventually achieve what you set out to do. Take a look at some of the most successful people of our time, they did not arrive there overnight. It takes hard work and staying power.


Don't dwell on the past, remember the good times


Grace is quoted as saying: "I avoid looking back, I prefer good memories to regrets." Its because if you dwell on what's passed in your life it makes it very difficult to move on, you can get down in the dumps thinking too much about it. It's much better to leave the past behind and focus on moving forward. It's not always easy, but the only person capable of pulling you out of it is yourself.


Beware of boredom


Grace's mother always said that you can't get into any sort trouble if you have things to do. Grace did her best to instil the benefits of keeping busy into her children. From an early age Albert took part in lots of sports such as swimming, rowing and judo. Caroline also enjoyed sports such as horse riding and swimming. Grace was also passionate about dancing and made lessons available for local children at the palace. "It's true that many of the problems today such as vandalism, drug taking and theft stem from boredom and if we could find ways of keeping children occupied by introducing them to an activity or a hobby that they enjoy then maybe they can be steered away from getting into trouble."




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