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Just Be Who You Already Are

Here’s an interesting quote from Pablo Picasso:

 “My mother said to me, “If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general; if you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope.” Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.”

At first glance, it sounds like it could be an arrogant statement, doesn’t it?  That’s why it’s important to keep reading as his quote continues:

“Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.”  (Pablo Picasso)

Here’s my attempt at a paraphrase on Picasso. It might well be a good axiom for anyone, but especially for our young people:

Just be who you already are, enjoy the journey, and life will likely be kind to you. 

Consider how many folks hate what they do just because it pays well. They pay a dear price for it in lost health, dreams and potential. In other words, they sell out. Just being ourself is no guarantee of success, but it’s not a bad place to start, especially at the beginning of a new year. 

Have a great and blessed 2007.

James Sutton, Psychologist 


January 4, 2007 - Posted by | Counselors, Educators, Inspirational, Parents


  1. This is so so true. I can’t tell you how many worthless years I wasted trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Now I’m just doing what I was meant to do (haven’t actually found a way to make a living with it but still I’m doing it) and I’ve never been happier than I am right now!!! Great post!


    Comment by Desiree | January 4, 2007 | Reply

  2. Doc,
    What a great post! I love your commentary on Picasso.

    Know your purpose and make that your life! How simple it is, once you let your ego step aside and do what you know in your soul you are here to do.


    Comment by tobeme | January 4, 2007 | Reply

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