Pablo Picasso was one arrogant human being.
But the guy knew what he was worth.
In the early 1900s, a lady was walking down a street in France when she noticed him painting on the sidewalk.
“Aren’t you Pablo Picasso?” she asked.
“Indeed I am” he replied, without even looking at her.
“Would you paint a portrait of me for a fair price?”
“Of course,” he said, still not looking at her. “Have a seat.”
A few seconds later, he handed her one of his typical abstract paintings.
“This is great!” she said as she stood up.
“That’ll be 5,000 Francs” he said in a confident tone.
“5,000 Francs?! But this took you only 30 seconds!”
Picasso stopped what he was doing, slowly looked up at her, and said:
“It took me 30 years to paint that in 30 seconds”
Remember that sentence the next time you’re charging for your own work.
P.S. – In the real version of the story, Picasso was probably nicer to the lady. I don’t know. I made up the conversation. The story itself is true though.
P.P.S. – He was probably not an arrogant person as well. I just assumed he was after reading this quote from him: “My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”