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Picasso vs Michelangelo

Michelangelo was given financial support by one of the greatest patrons of the art history: Laurent de Médicis, of a magnificent workshop in Florence, capital of the resurging art, of a team of apprentices, etc. 
A contrario, Pablo Picasso has often worked in more precarious conditions. His Bull’s Head is the perfect illustration. A bull’s head consisting of the rusty steering and the tanned leather saddle, of an old disassembled bicycle found lying in the back of a garage. Yet, both artists produce brilliant works and occupy the same rank in the artistic genius hierarchy .

There are so many people who are waiting for better conditions to start. They want to be treated in the same way as Michelangelo. They retreat into the chicken-and-egg syndrome. On one side, nothing suggests that they are genius, so no patron goes to them to offer exceptional work conditions. On the other side, they wait for these conditions to start working. All that time, nothing is done.

What does this really hide:

• A personality disorder? They consider themselves as genius…
• An excessive ego? They cannot bear to be treated like others…
• A lack of self-confidence? Is it a strategy to avoid starting work and to make it possible to blame others… 
• A fear of failure? Could it be an excuse not to take the plunge… 
• Laziness? Could it be a trick to work as little as possible…
• A strategy? Is it a means to paint a dark picture upfront, to eventually justify an average work…

No matter!

Work, whether it rains, it snows, the wind blows or the sun shines, with or without talent, with or without genius, alone or in a team, can be done in rough conditions, with little means. It is just a question of will.

The digital journey cannot be travelled by piling up excuses, pretexts and reasons not to move forward.

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From Bertrand Jouvenot, The Inside Story of The Web, Editions Kawa (187 pages), 2013.

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