If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.”
Time and effort are the necessary components of monumental achievement. Without persistent dedication of both, the pitcher of grandness tips only slightly, leaving much behind.
We only see the glory.
Spotlight shines on the end product. Adoration flows when the result becomes public. Months or years of inglorious and unglamorous toil takes place far from the glow of admiring eyes.
Yet appreciation swells when the magnitude of effort is understood.
Michaelangelo spent much of the time between 1508 and 1512 on his back painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling. He designed his own scaffolding, then spent hours reading and rereading the Old Testament to ensure his frescoes accurately related each story depicted. His careful and obsessive concentration created one of the unarguably wondrous pieces of art in all of human history.
Focused energy produces the most magnificent gems.
Painting your own picture requires the same relentless resolve. Extruding your greatness commands unflinching attention and demands uncompromising precision. Herein lies the crux of the artist’s statement: pushing yourself to squeeze the last drop of your being from “potential” to “reality” is a constant process of exhilarating highs and grinding lows. Dogged determination carries you across the peaks and valleys.
The outcome is a must, the only option.
The journey is long. Challenges arise around every turn. Cherish your strength and embrace your weakness. Brush aside fatigue and doubt. Grab hold of your passion and ride it to the end. Continue the pursuit of your own fulfillment.
Make yourself a masterpiece.