Self-doubt and the Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is considered by some as one of the top ten wonders of the world and an absolute marvel to look at.  The chapel is located in the Vatican City and part of the official home of the Pope.  One of the reasons to visit the chapel is to see the architecture and paintings, such as the ceiling and wall paintings that Michelangelo was commissioned to create in 1508.  If you do not know what we are talking about, google this marvel, you will quickly understand just how amazing it is.

What does this have to do with self-doubt?

Michelangelo is one of the greatest artists ever and influences nearly all art created today, around the world.  No one can argue that, right?  He created the famous Pieta and David sculptures, painted the ceiling and walls of the Sistine chapel and many more.

Seriously…get on with it.  You are giving me self-doubt just thinking about how great he is.

Michelangelo doubted himself as a painter.  He declared himself a sculptor and not a painter.  He was full of so much doubt after being commissioned to paint the Sistine Chapel, he wrote a poem to a friend on the subject.

“My painting is dead.
Defend it for me, Giovanni, protect my honor.
I am not in the right place—I am not a painter.”

Michelangelo: To Giovanni da Pistoia
“When the Author Was Painting the Vault of the Sistine Chapel” —1509

“I am not in the right place – I am not a painter”.  If Michelangelo has so much self-doubt, it is certainly okay for us to have self-doubt.  The difference between Michelangelo and average humans, is that he continued to perform the work.  He continued to create.  He continued to perfect his craft and the results were amazing.

Self-doubt is okay.  Limiting yourself because of self-doubt, is not.  Continue creating. It is worth it.

Be great!

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