One of the best-known quotes from Michelangelo, the great 16th-century Italian painter, author, poet, and sculptor is, “I saw the angel in the marble, and carved til I set him free!” Many have repeated that quote in trying to encourage others to realize their POTENTIAL and remember that “within EVERY block of marble, there IS a beautiful figure just waiting to be revealed.”
However, there is another quote from Michelangelo that I believe pertains to the realization of POTENTIAL just as surely as the aforementioned. He uttered this remark upon the conclusion of his great Sistine Chapel painting. “If people knew how hard I WORKED to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so WONDERFUL, at all!”
The final quote I wish to share from Michelangelo puts the important combination of POTENTIAL AND HARD WORK into great perspective. “The greatest danger for most of us lies, not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but rather in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark!”
Don’t forget, my friend – Each of us contains WONDERFUL POTENTIAL, however there is no substitute for HARD WORK to see it realized and fulfilled!