Learning is continual and constant and creative learning is an individual journey. What can we learn from the above quote from the great Michelangelo? Whether you are an emerging leader or artist. If you are a seasoned veteran at your craft, there’s always more to learn and new ways to grow within that field . At 87 years old, Michelangelo said it well: Ancora imparo (“I’m still learning).
Club Creative Studio appreciates the learning curve and supports curious minds in pursuit of creative knowledge. Like Michelangelo, the continual association with learning can be a passion and a reality to get the know=how to become better at something. Learning opens doors to growth and opportunity. What do you think that Michelangelo at age 87 meant when he said “I am still learning.” Do you think that he meant to express that he did not know it all? Did he perhaps imply that there is so much to learn about so many topics in the span of a lifetime?
Thinking about this quote today, what do you think this quote would mean to you if you were near the age of 87 versus now at the age you are now?
This quote is great for many reasons if you ask me. It gives me a sense of wonder that the love of learning is a gift at any age, as well as a part of our life at any stage. We simply can’t know or experience everything in our life-time. We are in a constant revolution of thoughts and learning episodes. We learn from our own life and from each other’s journey. We face trial and error daily and we are on a vicious cycle to catch up with the new as we hold onto and learn from the past.
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, known commonly as Michelangelo, was an Italian Renaissance Artist: sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer who exerted unparalleled influences on the development of Western art.
This quote comes to mind for me whenever I attempt a new skill and I have much to learn. Although we look at the list of talents Michelangelo shared with us, he had to have known that with each of his creative jumps, came a humbling thought that it was all a learning process.
My life and creative offerings take on a personal spin from what others have done on as well. Each creative process brings me to the realization that I can be comfortable with my level of expertise but, I can also take notice that with each topic at hand, I have opportunities to learn even more. Taking time as an example, to attend more art classes, workshops, seminars, teleseminars and hands-on lessons, I have gained a newfound love for learning once again. I can take time to slow down for instruction from others. I don’t have to learn it all by myself. In this same light as Michelangelo, I can say today that I too am still learning. Still learning new techniques, skills, people, traits, still learning about history, present day events, creative expressions, and still learning the best way to learn.
As your learning adventure marches on, what can you share about the level of excitement of continual learning? Share your comments below, we’d love to hear about your challenges, and success stories about learning something new that helped you grow creatively.