Michelangelo Buonarroti was one of the most famous figures from the Italian Renaissance. He was a gifted artist, sculptor, architect, and poet. Several of Michelangelo’s works rank among the most famous in their fields. These works include the David, the Pieta, the Sistine Chapel paintings, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Capitoline Hill to name a few. I was recently reading about Michelangelo and I particularly like the following two quotes attributed to him.
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
This quote applies to almost everything we do in life whether it is sports, music, work, or even personal finance. We must make sure that we are not setting goals that can be easily achieved but rather set goals that are truly breathtaking once completed.
If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.
Some people assume that natural talent is why others are successful. While some talent is necessary, hard work is much more important. If you look at the masters in different areas of life most of them got there by hard work and dedication rather than on natural ability alone.