Thou Shalt Not Undersell Thy Experience

The story goes that in his late eighties the great artist Pablo Picasso is invited onto a TV talk show.

Editorially, it is not the most erudite of programmes.

The talk show host thinks it would be a wheeze if Picasso creates a work of art during the show’s live transmission.

A little reluctantly, Picasso agrees.

They cut to another item for a few minutes, then to a commercial break.

When they return to Picasso, he has completed a simple marker-pen doodle on the paper supplied to him.

‘Well that’s interesting Mr Picasso’ says the rather smug talk show host, ‘I could probably sell that for a million dollars, but it’s taken you only two minutes to draw. How do you feel about that?’

Picasso looks him in the eye and says

‘My friend, it took me eighty years to draw that…’


My proposal for an eleventh Commandment: ‘Thou Shalt Not Undersell Thy Experience’.

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