The-Zen-of-Patience-by-Leonardo-da-VinciLeonardo da Vinci had his ups and downs in his career. Surprisingly it took quite a while for his career to take off. When he was still a poor artist trying to make a name for himself in Florence there were people that doubted him and made fun of him. Today we might call these people trolls, critics, maybe even family.


florenceSo what did da Vinci do with all the naysayers. Did he hunt them down and give them a does of their own medicine? Did he kill them like so many would in renaissance Florence? Nope. He did nothing.


He did nothing because he said ‘Patience protects me and so I wait’. He kept working. Lifting the paint brush. Sketching. Investigating. Learning. Every effort compounding. Little by little.

He knew in time they would be proved wrong.


Here’s the quote in its entirety:

“Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.”

So many writers, authors and creatives set themselves up for disappointment. We’ve all been wronged by people and loved ones. It’s easy to take offence of the first bad review we get. People aren’t buying my book and it’s been live for 8 hours. My sister hates the first 20,000 words of my novel. My dad says I should quit this writing thing.

And what to do?

Be like da Vinci. Be patient. Everything works itself out. Patience will protect you.

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