It amazes me when I read a quote like this, from 500 years ago, that the underlying philosophies and concepts behind this message are the same ones that we teach today. Michelangelo, arguably the greatest artist in the history of man, believed in the same ideas that you can learn and read about everywhere you look, including on the Internet, in books and on this blog. Let's explore what I'm talking about.
The Growth Mindset - Michelangelo might be recognized as the GOAT, when it comes to art. What's more prestigious than painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel?! Experts sometimes use the word "talented" to describe him but not Michelangelo. He doesn't claim talent as the origin of his skill. He says that he gained his mastery! That's what the growth mindset is all about. Skill, or mastery, is not something that is fixed or that you are born with. Skill is grown and nurtured and can be improved over time by deliberate practice and effort.
It's not easy! - Mastery, being great at anything, requires hard work and there is no way around that fact. Michelangelo tells you that he had to work hard to agin his mastery and that there was nothing "wonderful" about it.
It's not changing. - Michelangelo was alive 500 years ago. His quote proves that the ideas that lead to mastery, the growth mindset & hard work, have been around at least that long. If the keys to mastery have not changed in over 500 years, it's safe to say that they aren't changing today. If you want to pursue your maximum potential then you have to have a growth mindset, you have to
Recommended & Related Reading:
- Mindset by Carol Dweck - Dweck's book is the bible when it comes to learning about the growth mindset.
- This previous LoveGrowBuild post on The Growth Mindset vs The Fixed Mindset