Pablo Picasso is known as one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century.
The Spanish born painter is well-known for his modern art with a distinct style and spent the majority of his life in France.
His ability to produce works in a wide range of styles made him a well-respected and beloved creator across the globe.
The way he used shapes, colors, and different perspectives to express his ideas shaped later generations of painters and artists.
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But even if you’re not into arts, there’s lots you can learn from Picasso to live a happier, more fulfilled, and even more productive life.
“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
You probably came across this saying many times as it’s one of his most popular quotes.
The message is as simple as profound: Keep your inner child alive.
Compared to most adults, children live a more joyful life: They don’t fear failure, ask for what they want, and see each day as a fresh beginning.
Adults, however, often drain in the misery of yesterday instead of being grateful for the blessings of today.
Instead of saying, “Don’t be so childish.”, we should encourage each other to act like children more often.
Children are not only happier, more energized, and creative, but also more fulfilled than most adults.
How to apply it:
Whenever you catch yourself being too hard to yourself, awake your inner child and choose play over misery.
Embrace your ideas and put them into action, no matter what the outcome might be.
The more you create, the more creative ideas you’ll have. So stop worrying about mistakes and start creating like a kid.
Choose a few creative activities you loved doing when you were younger and take some time to practice them regularly.
By spending more time on playful, creative tasks, you’ll also become more creative and productive when completing your daily to-dos.
“If I don’t have red, I use blue.”
This is one of my favorite quotes by Picasso. So short, yet so powerful.
So many people want to do something but don’t take action because they feel like they don’t have enough knowledge, resources, or experiences.
Yet, the truth is that, whatever you desire, the magic is about starting before you feel ready and doing what you can with the resources you have.
If you wait for the perfect moment to start a business, ask your crush out, or move to the city of your dreams, you’ll probably waste your life waiting.
How to apply it:
Waiting for the perfect moment to do something is a synonym for procrastination.
You don’t need to gather more resources and knowledge to get started. All you need to do is be courageous and start.
There’s a hidden power in doing what you can with what you have right now.
You can always sharpen your skills on the go, but what matters is to get started before it’s too late.
Instead of finding excuses for why something might not work, start focusing on the reasons why something might indeed work.
If you’ve been procrastinating on starting a project for a while, grab pen and paper and write down everything you do know about how to get started:
Which resources do you already have?
Do you know anyone who might be able to help you to get started?
What’s the first step you could make to get one step closer to your goals?
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
Nobody can be you and do things the way you can do them.
There’s a secret treasure hidden inside each of us and it’s our responsibility to find that gift and share it with the world.
The world would be a more peaceful and better place if more people followed their calling and doing what their hearts desire.
By doing what you love, you don’t only fulfill your own soul, but you also create magic for others.
There’s nothing more beautiful and powerful than the work of someone who loves what she does. And as Grant Cardone says:
“Success is your duty, obligation, and responsibility.”
How to apply it:
Next time you hesitate about taking action, remind yourself of how irresponsible it is to hold your unique talents and gifts back.
The world needs more people who put passion and love into their work. And it’s your duty to be one of them.
“The world doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?”
We’re so used to worry before starting a new project or making a bold decision: We worry about the outcome, the opinion of society, and about losing time or money instead of just getting started.
But as Steve Jobs once said:
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”
How to apply it:
Life doesn’t always make sense. Shit happens and sometimes, you can’t control the way things evolve.
So why bother about tomorrow, next week, or even next year?
Stop overthinking and give your best right now.
Sometimes, you need to let go of expectations and do whatever your soul desires without thinking of the outcome.
You don’t always need to have a logical reason for doing what you’re doing.
Sometimes, an inner desire is enough to get started and put effort into a project instead of overcomplicating it.
“Only put off until tomorrow what you’re willing to die having left undone.”
So many people these days end up procrastinating on their dreams because they don’t feel the urge to take action.
We all have goals, hopes, and aspirations, but only a few people turn their dreams into reality. The majority, on the contrary, chooses to put things off until it’s not exciting anymore.
How to apply it:
Each morning, ask yourself what’s the one thing you could do today to get one step closer to living the life of your wildest dreams.
Instead of looking at the big picture, narrow it down to one actionable task and find a way to get that task done, no matter what.
You might need to make a phone call, write a blog post, send a proposal, do some research, or build a website.
Whatever it is, break it down into tiny action steps and commit yourself to get at least one of these steps done — one day at a time.
“Action is the foundational key to all success.”
Most people think that creative work just happens.
They believe that productive people and artists are gifted with some talent that only a few people have.
The reality, however, is that every type of work, no matter how creative or inspirational it might seem, is the result of getting shit done.
A billion-dollar idea isn’t worth a dime if you don’t take action.
Being a skilled writer won’t lead to a successful writing career if you don’t put your butt in the chair and write.
And having big dreams will only lead to desperation if you don’t do the work.
How to apply it:
I love dreaming big, using the law of attraction, and doing mindset work every single day, but I also get shit done to produce actual results.
You can waste hundreds of hours visualizing your ideal future or making plans without any results.
Reading books, buying expensive programs, or working on your mindset won’t ever lead to results if you don’t do the actual work.
Instead of procrastinating on your dreams, ask yourself what you could do every single day to get one step closer to your desired outcome.
As Tony Robbins says:
The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.
And the earlier you start moving, the sooner you’ll reap the rewards.
While Picasso is an inspiration for many of today’s artists, his famous quotes can be applied for anyone, no matter if artist, student, employee, or business owner.
Keeping his teachings in mind and living according to them can help you to be more productive, creative, and relaxed.
- Allow yourself to be childish: Don’t let other’s expectations limit your reality.
- Do what you can with the resources you have: Too often, we believe that we need more to be happier or more productive, but magic happens when we start using the resources we already have.
- Find your gift and share it with the world: You were not born to be mediocre and do mediocre things.
- Don’t expect the world to make sense: Instead, focus on living each day to the fullest.
- Never procrastinate on important tasks: And if you procrastinate on something, ask yourself if it’s relevant at all.
- Be an action-taker: Don’t expect your life to change and your creativity to spark without doing.
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