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14 feb

What is Your Masterpiece?

JayForteWhen most people think of the word masterpiece, they think of a painting by Degas, Rembrandt or even Warhol. Many think of da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or Botticelli’s Primavera. But a masterpiece just means great work. What is your personal masterpiece?

Here is my perspective. Each of us has specific talents and gifts – attributes uniquely created in us. Some are great with details and solving challenges, others are exceptional listeners, relationship builders or have spiritual insight. Some are artistic and some can write. Some can invent and some are extraordinary teachers. Each of us has the ability to create our personal masterpiece – our great work.

Many people know of Michelangelo’s masterpieces, The David and The Pieta. Though they are extraordinary, I feel his finest works are The Slaves – 3 sculpted male forms aggressively struggling to be released from the stone. They are his finest works because they represent what he believed to be to be the role of the sculptor – not to create a sculpture, but rather to release from the stone what was already in it.

The point is you have a masterpiece in you – waiting to be released. You are the sculptor. But to be released, you need to know yourself – the talents, strengths and passions you have – you need to know what to release. Here’s how:

  1. List what you are great at. What comes naturally? What do others say you are great at? What do you seem to have great success doing?
  2. List what you are passionate about. What gets you excited, energized and fired up? What could you do all day and never look at the clock?
  3. Review your lists. Where do they intersect? What are you good at and love doing? These are your masterpiece areas. These are your areas of greatest performance, greatest impact and most significant contribution.

The more connected and self-aware you are, the clearer your masterpiece areas will become. The world needs you as you are. Don’t try to force it or to be what others insist you be; instead, play to the talents, strengths and passions that are part of the deeper or “true you.” When you understand yourself, you will see your masterpiece emerge. Then it will be your responsibility to learn how to fully “release it” as Michelangelo did in his work. Release your best – the world needs it.

Jay Forte is a motivational speaker and performance consultant. He is the author of Fire Up! Your Employees and Smoke Your Competition, The Hunt for Opportunities Success Manual and the on-line resource, Stand Out and Get Hired. He works to connect people to their talents and passions to work strong and live stronger. More information at

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Posted by Jay Forte on February 14th, 2010 in Career, Family, New Directions, Relationships, Spirituality, Things We Love | 0 comments

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