Is It Possible To Be Thoroughly Satisfied?
As an artist, have you ever completed a project and looked at it, felt thoroughly satisfied and said that it is 100% done to your taste and expectation?
After 41 years of producing creative materials for the world’s largest corporations, I can’t tell you that I can look at any project that we have ever done, and felt thoroughly satisfied
that it was exactly as good as it might have been. It didn’t matter how much the client admired, appreciated and praised the work, there were always details in my mind that needed improving.
The little dissatisfaction that every craftsman feels at the completion of a work forms the germ of a new work. Creative people are never totally and forever satisfied by anything.
The sentiment that Thomas Edison expresses above is reflected in a quotation that has always resonated for me by Leonardo da Vinci who said that a painting is never completed, it is only abandoned. He kept the Mona Lisa with him until his dying day, even though it was a painting that had been commissioned by a client. Was Leonardo thoroughly satisfied with the Mona Lisa?
I don’t think this means that people can never be thoroughly satisfied with what they achieve, but rather when you have a fire in your belly to manifest something that is in your brain, you can give it everything you have and yet there is always something deep inside that pushes you to the next attempt.
Perhaps the lesson in all of this is finding contentment and satisfaction in what you produce, while still recognizing that you can never tame the inner beast that is perpetually pushing you forward.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Have you ever completed a project, felt thoroughly satisfied and looked at it and said that it is 100% done to your taste and expectation?
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Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure. – Thomas A. Edison