You Should be Paid More Than You Think – A Lesson from Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso - Photo credit: flickr

Pablo Picasso – Photo credit: flickr

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.”