Last September, I visited a wonderful art exposition, the Escher Exhibit. The way it was built was special because we were able to see the unraveling and the growth of the artist.

In this exhibit, we see the work and inspiration. His influences are clear and we can see how they take a toll in the painter most famous work. That inspired me to think about success and what it means.

Every other week we hear about this new athlete or artist that suddenly became an “overnight success”. And people go crazy about this new discovery. The symbolism of this keeps alive the fake “notion” that it is possible to be nobody one day and a superstar in the next one.

Malcolm Gladwell in his book “Outliers” studies the creation of great people, world-class performers, athletes, musicians or business people. To arrive at the conclusion that to get to a world-class level you have to put in about 10,000 hours of work into your craft. That is about 5 years 9 to 5, 22 days per month.

That is why I was amazed by that work. Although we didn’t see Escher kindergarten drawings we are able to see all the evolution that he made through the years as an adult.

Escher started out has an engineer and a printmaker, only through persisting and being motivated was he able to fully dedicate and focus on drawing. And having a clear vision of what he wanted to do, he created something very rarely done, like vantage points, looking up and down at the same time. He frequently made such effects more dramatic through his treatment of light, using vivid contrasts of black and white.

In my opinion, showing the way and not just the end isn’t something so common nowadays. We all try hard to hide our flaws, but as Winston Churchill use to say: “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss for enthusiasm.”

Next time you are feeling unmotivated, stuck on your goals and feeling that you are not living to your full potential… remember that there is nothing like an “overnight success”. Successful people don’t hit home runs every day. Focus always in doing your job and enjoy the journey.

Here are 3 things that you can try:

1. Create a Vision Board, to remember all you are trying to achieve;

2. Remember that success is a long journey. To get there you have to climb a mountain, there is always a mountain.

3. More important than doing everything perfectly is doing something no matter what hence Nike’s famous tagline: “Just Do It!”

Kind regards,

Miguel & Lerio  

P.S: Stay tuned for next Monday’s Quote!

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