Michelangelo and a beautiful analogy for creative vision

An incredible and inspiring quote and perspectives about creativity and vision was when Michelangelo said:

“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”

The world is filled with blocks of stone and marble that people ignore as they walk beside every day, not recognizing the potential that lays within. Visionaries see what could be, not as it is, but as a potential future version. There are different kinds of visionaries; some see potential in markets, product innovations, people, or organizations.

Visionaries see how things can be better, different. Leaders helps others see this vision of potential and know how to create collective motivation. Mentors see potential that exists in people, and know how to grow and develop aspects of them. Potential for greater things surround us all day long.

Michelangelo wasn’t starting with a statue and polishing it, he was taking a boulder and turning it into a masterpiece. This is, perhaps, the most powerful dimension of this analogy; that it doesn’t matter where you start from, incredible things are possible.

Rather than waiting for the next Steve Jobs to get hired into your industry, have you considered the possibility that it’s you?

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