“The sculpture is already complete within the marble block, before I start my work. It is already there, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.” - Michelangelo
This is also true of our human potential. The act of investing in our own personal development is in fact chiseling away the superfluous material and revealing what's within; what's always been there.
We are almost done with the demolition on your office space and I got to thinking about this. The wall that I thought was going to have this beautiful, perfect brick underneath.... well turned out, not so much. I was disappointed. However, I knew this was a risk before we even picked up a chisel and started work. In my disappointment, I had to reflect. Wouldn't I had been more disappointed had I not taken the risk and wondered forever "What would this wall had looked like if I didn't expose it?" I would have definitely been regretful for not taking this action.
And so that leads me to think. What makes us human is our power to believe. To have faith in ideas and possibilities that may not reveal themselves to our senses. This unique power to believe has empowered us to bend the world to our will, for better or for worse. Seeing is not believing. Seeing is only validation of our beliefs and in the moment of seeing, belief ceases. So we must continually believe and have faith in what may or may not be there; to endlessly chip away the superfluous material in order to grow and fight stagnation.
Matthew Drouin is a full time real estate investor and REALTOR with 12 years of acquisition, disposition, development and management experience in Rochester, NY.