Week 13: What I have learned from Michelangelo…

Today, I’ve been thinking about my process in the #MKMMA and I have found many similarities with the creative process of an artist.

One particular renowned artist comes to my mind: Michelangelo.

Image result for pieta michelangelo damageMichelangelo is considered as the most famous artist of the Italian Renaissance. Among his works are: the “David” and “Pieta” statues, and the Sistine Chapel frescoes.

But even though his work was very impressive, we are not gong to talk about his indubitable talent, but about his wisdom.

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (that was his real, complete name) once said:

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it”

From my point of view, our true potential is the statue inside us. And it’s up to us the carve the stone all the way to the skin and “discover” the true masterpiece that lives inside us.Image result for miguelangelo quotes


But once again, Michelangelo gives us the clue to accomplish such an important task: “A man paints with his brains and not with his hands”.  It is essential to us to being able to visualize the final product before we even start to carve the stone… As Stephen Covey says in his book  7 Habits of Highly Effective People: “Begin with the end in mind”

Once again, that is precisely why my DMP is so important! How can I carve my marble and show my true potential, my inside masterpiece, if I don’t have a crystal clear picture of the masterpiece I want to discover from the stone?

The beauty is that Michelangelo gives us again an extraordinary piece of wisdom when he says:

“The marble not yet carved can hold

the form of every thought the greatest artist has.”

But the paradox is that the only way to “discover” the masterpiece we want from the the marvel, is by deciding which exact masterpiece we want to create (or carve from the stone) sort of speak.

At the time we are “creating” our masterpiece with our mind, it comes very handy to remember another great advice from (at this time you should know who) no other but Michelangelo, when he says:

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

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At this moment, I have lost count of how many times I have tweaked and revised my DMP and I still feel is not done yet. It’s taking shape, the sculpture is starting to show up, but it’s far from being what I feel in my bones it should be.

And once again, Michelangelo gives me the correct words of wisdom:

“Genius is eternal patience”

Paraphrasing the words of Og Mandino in his 3rd scroll in The Greatest Salesman of the World:

I will persist until I succeed!

In the meantime, as Michelangelo stated:

I’m still learning.!

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Ivan, this is great! I love the picture of carving out our true selves, only after we have the clear picture of our true selves. Thank you for the inspirational picture. Happy New Year!


As always Great stuff Ivan ..the statue kind of mirrors the cement Buddha in a way ..liked and twitted …Happy New Year


I really enjoyed reading, and reflecting on our appliance of the wisdom contained in here. The DMP is a process, just like the carving of stone. The Journey of Life is learning…


It is amazing where you will find links to the concepts we learn in the Master Keys. I love the analogy of the statue inside us, waiting to be sculpted. You will succeed at discovering your sculpture.


Genius Level!!! Highly impressed and empowered having read this expose! Indeed, the yet un-carved stone holds the greatest promise and propensity; for achievement of failure and/or success.

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