5 Art Quotes from Pablo Picasso to remind us that action speak louder than words (and even vision).

Procrastination. Whether it’s because you overthink or you’re just lazy, it’ll knock you dead in your tracks and if you don’t take action, be prepared to lose. And lose fast.

Many people trick themselves into thinking that if they talk about their plans, they’re closer to accomplishing their goals. ______ Don’t be fooled. Just because you say you’re creating, what are you creating? Just because you’re creating, who are you creating for? Your pu

To fully master the art of artistry, one must master the art of the hustle. The most successful artists hustled to make a name for themselves. You are in control of your destiny so v out their destiny and sadly, many were never able to see the fruits of their labor and vision while they were alive.

Don’t get me wrong. I subscribe to the “new-agey” beliefs of manifestation, intention, the universe, blah, blah. But even as a believer, I know that words without actions are just words. Nothing else. Action is the fuel powering the intention. Combine that with some talent you’ve got yourself a great artist of all time.

Pablo Picasso is the “King of the Hustle.” He fervently preached that actions speak louder than words. One of the biggest art legends of all time believes that action is the key to success. So all of you artists just waiting to be discovered…you may have to keep waiting. Hustling hard is the name of the game and Picasso understands this. This is why he is who is he.

Let’s face it, it’s easy to get distracted as an artist. Being so damn creative can be both a gift and a curse. Those brilliant, visions can impede the process, we get it. :) In all seriousness though, artists get a bad rap for not finishing what they start. Procrastination is a dream killer and in order for your creative brilliance to be recognized by the masses, you have to get to work and make it happen yourself.

Below are five of our favorite quotes from Picasso that will remind you get up off your ass and get to work.

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“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”

-Pablo Picasso

Le Moulin de la Galette (1900), by Picasso

 
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone
— Pablo Picasso

Life is short. You can die tomorrow. It’s an unfortunate truth. If you do not finish what you’ve started by end of day, you run the risk of dying in your sleep before your work is complete. So finish or die. Just kidding. :)

While this quote is certainly extreme, Picasso is making a great point. We don’t know what tomorrow holds. Putting things off puts us at the risk of never finishing. We keep thinking, “one day,” but what if that one day never comes? We certainly hope to live a long, healthy, life full of abundance but…. but we should treat our projects as life or death.

A sense of urgency.

Adding a sense of urgency to anything that you do is key to getting it done. Picasso was the master of sense of urgency so it’s easy to see why he left such a legacy. We’re conditioned to answered to

But most art is self motivated. So having this sense of urgency can motivate you to become that authoritative voice that sets deadlines in your own head.


“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”

-Pablo Picasso

The Fourteenth of July (Le quatorze juillet) (1901) by Pablo Picasso

 
Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.
— Pablo Picasso

You’re not gonna be “discovered.”

Some people strike gold. The vast majority of us don’t. It’s a fact of life. For every one person that was discovered randomly in a mall or on Instagram, there’s thousands of other talented artists just waiting for their “big break.” Everyone’s unique these days so you’re probably more likely to be struck by lightening than to be “discovered.” Another brutally honest, unfortunate truth. However, if you’re working towards your goals, you’re producing more work. With more work you gain more visibility. More visibility increases your chances of being “discovered.” The more you do, the closer you get to the people that are doing what you do. So just do you and they will come find you doing what you do. Get it? :)

not only gives you control of your destiny, it also will increase your chances of being “found.” Also, success is within your control rather than leaving it up to destiny to find or discover you. No matter how talented you are, no one gets “discovered” if they’re “undiscoverable.” You have to put in the work to make things happen and no amount of chanting, crystals, spells, aren’t a substitute for hard work.

As you start working towards your goals, your plans may need to shift. Even your goals may change up a bit and that’s ok because plans change all of the time. But you can only adjust to a changes if you actually put the plan in motion!

You are a work in progress so as you keep working, you get better and better.

The man with the plan.

Picasso was the man with the plan. He was known for carefully _______. If you don’t plan accordingly, you’ll be ill prepared for the reality when things don’t go exactly as planned. It’s better to make minor adjustments to the plan along the way than to be hit with a brick wall that you can’t circumvent.


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“What one does is what counts and not what one had the intention of doing.”

-Pablo Picasso

Longchamp (1901) by Pablo Picasso

 
What one does is what counts and not what one had the intention of doing.
— Pablo Picasso

We totally understand your master plan. It’s all in your head and it’s brilliant! WE get it because WE just get it. :) Most of the world doesn’t understand or care about intention.

Intentions are a quarter of the battle. I believe in setting intentions but if they’re not backed by action, they’re just thoughts. No one cares about your thoughts.

Brilliant ideas don’t mean shit unless they’re put into motion. We’ve all “discovered” something or were the first person to do this or that. We get it. If you thought it or even said it, you still didn’t do it so unfortunately, your claim is null and void. No one wants to hear that you thought about x idea before this person or you invented y product first.


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“Action is the foundational key to all success.”

-Pablo Picasso

Seated Spanish Woman (1899) by Pablo Picasso

 
Action is the foundational key to all success.
— Pablo Picasso

Are we driving the point home here? ACTION is the key to ALL success. Actions speak louder than words or intentions. Actions produce tangible results that act as building blocks towards your goals. Seeing is believing so in order for there to be something to see, one must do.


Learning Harlequin (1901) by Pablo Picasso

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— Pablo