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Be Prolific – Gulp Life


“If you have to get away from your job for a vacation, don’t go back.” — Bud Williams

I was just reading Picasso: A Biography by Patrick O’Brian.

(Click here to listen to the advanced mentor tip version of this lesson.)

One fact blew me away:

“Picasso was exceptionally prolific throughout his long lifetime. The total number of artworks he produced has been estimated at 50,000, comprising 1,885 paintings; 1,228 sculptures; 2,880 ceramics, roughly 12,000 drawings, many thousands of prints, and numerous tapestries and rugs.”

His paintings and sculptures alone numbered well over 3,000.

The man basically produced at least 1 piece of art every day. My life’s accomplishments pale in comparison.

But one principle I learned years ago was that you have to “gulp” or “chug” life.

Some people drink a soda or beer slowly over 10 minutes and other people gulp it down in 10 seconds.

When it comes to life you definitely want to be a “gulper.”

Suck The Marrow Out…

You must go faster to get what you want out of life.

You want to be able to say like Henry David Thoreau in Walden, “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow out of life…”

Walden Pond Thoreau

Become prolific.

Being prolific is the pattern of greatness.

Johann Sebastian Bach composed over 1,000 works of music. At his peak he was paid to produce one new song a day.

Rolling Stone Magazine says about Prince, “In the Eighties, at a time when other megastars such as Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, and Madonna, were delivering an album every three years or so, Prince remained prolific to an almost inhuman degree.”

Picasso and Prince were prolific

Here is just a partial list of what Prince released publicly (he did a lot of other private work under other names):

Studio albums: 25
Live albums: 2
Compilation albums: 5
EPs: 12
Singles: 91
Video albums: 17
Music videos: 136
Soundtracks: 5
Internet albums: 11
Internet singles: 14

So what happened, why are you and I so much less productive than Picasso, Bach, and Prince?

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