Today’s Word: toot one’s own horn

November 13, 2017     =========

☆  toot one’s own horn 自慢する


To toot (or blow) your own horn means to brag or boast about yourself. You might think this is a negative thing, but interestingly, Jack Canfield (millionaire author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books) says it’s an important thing to do. The quote of the week is by him:

“Give yourself permission to toot your own horn, and don’t wait for anyone to praise you.”

What do you think of this idea? I guess in Japanese culture it’s not very common to boast about your achievements or praise yourself, right? Even for me, bragging or praising myself feels a little odd and uncomfortable. Do you think it’s something we should get used to doing, and do more often?