Michelangelo - Paying the Price for Mastery
by Kris Deichler, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International
“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.”
This is such a powerful quote from the legendary Renaissance man that transcends the centuries! It’s teaching us that achieving greatness isn’t something which just lands in our lap. It’s something that’s painstakingly honed and developed over many years of commitment, struggle and determination. Michelangelo’s message is that, although we all want the feeling and the rewards of achieving great things, few of us are really willing to pay the price to achieve them. Whatever you want to be a master of, you have to work for it.
It took Michelangelo 4 years to paint the ceiling and 6 years to paint the western wall (known as the Last Judgement) of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. It is over 500 years old...
If you could become a master of anything, what would it be and why?
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Cappella Sistina (Sistine Chapel) image courtesy of a BriYYZ @ Flickr,