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.
Michelangelo 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.
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.”
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.!