What If Picasso Had Given Up?

Pablo Picasso—to use just two words of the famous artist’s full given name—was perhaps the world’s most renowned artist of the 20th century. His path to fame was littered by the death of his sister, the suicide of a best friend, a demanding father, and quiet poverty.

Picasso did eventually acquire considerable fortune, but what if he had given up? No one could have blamed the child prodigy had he done so. People all over the world have abandon dreams for much less.

Instead, he chose to maximize his natural gifts and grow beyond the circumstance of his unenviable position (now referred to as his Blue Period). We can understand growth, vision, and perseverance from this segment of his life.

Growth requires progress. Progress is deliberate. Combined you have intentional growth.

Craft mental pictures of your desired outcomes and attach reasonable deadlines to each. Mentally stroke your paintbrush as if you were Picasso—you know—the best.

You are only limited by your own perception of what you can be and when. The result: your goal is now a vision with a defined timetable and is more sustainable. When obstacles present themselves, people abandon or postpone goals, but it is difficult to lose sight of a vision.

Attaining your vision requires that you respect every play. Opportunity never takes a minute off and you shouldn’t either.

Those missed points after touchdown attempts in the first quarter have a way of increasing in importance late in the fourth quarter. Though those missed opportunities haunt you, throwing in the towel with time left on the clock is even worse.

To cut your losses or acknowledge that you hit a dead end is one thing, but there is never an acceptable reason to give up. Establish perseverance as one of your biggest talents.

Remember, failure is temporary. In non-sporting terms, Thomas Edison said it this way: “I have not failed; I’ve just found ten thousand ways that won’t work.”

I believe there is a valuable lesson in every defeat; if you agree, it is best you get familiar with loss and choose to view it as a yellow brick on the road to success.

Maybe your last project failed merely because you did not stick with it until it succeeded. Maybe?

Picasso didn't give up and we shouldn't either.