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The Renaissance Man

Updated on March 7, 2011

Ludovico Buonarroti, a prominent businessman during Italy's Renaissance, walks into a warehouse with his son to conduct business with the owners. As they walk by the shop area they notice the workers and a giant block of marble.
Looking at them he says, "No son of mine will ever work with his hands!"
As they continued on, his son kept looking at the marble block.

For the next month this young man went back and for days on end would stand there and stare at this giant block of marble.
At one point one of the workers asked, "Ma che fai?" (What are you doing?)
He responded by saying, "Sto lavorando!" (I am working!)
Six months later the giant block of marble became the statue of David. That young man was Michelangelo. Michelangelo proved his father wrong.

"Lost" episode

A girl I knew in high school who's father was a well known and successful psychiatrist, got up one morning and bought himself a $50,000 truck. He left his family and started diving across country hauling freight.
"Being a doctor was what my parents wanted me to do, I just wanted to drive a truck!"

Most of us don't know what's within us, and we may all have hidden talents that we may never discover until we try, if we try at all. Although we use our brains to do what we need to do, it's what lies in our hearts to be who we want to be.

"I am still learning!" Michelangelo


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    • Rocco Simari profile imageAUTHOR

      Rocco Simari 

      7 years ago from Salem, New Hampshire

      Thank you Amy. All we can do is keep moving forward and do what we love. Love your stuff!

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      Amy Becherer 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This is so true. I thought my world had come to an end when I was laid off from the job I held for 13 years. I still have days I wish it hadn't happened, but the truth is I hate being chained to a desk. However, it did pay the bills. So, there is always ebb and flow in life. I have had time to cultivate my writing and creativity and enjoy every minute of it. If I could manage to live on that alone, I would. I love the inspirational message in this piece that is so relevant to every artist.

    • Rocco Simari profile imageAUTHOR

      Rocco Simari 

      7 years ago from Salem, New Hampshire

      Thank you so much!

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      8 years ago from Florida

      Very good hub! Thanks for sharing :)


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