Cost versus Value: The Benefit of Experience

cost vs. value, experience

When someone is truly gifted at what they do, they make it look effortless. However, ask the dancer, singer, actor or artist, labeled an overnight success, how many years it took to achieve “overnight.” I have passed many entertaining afternoons, eavesdropping on conversations in art museums. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard, “My kid could do that,” I would be writing this from an exotic beach locale. Unless you are Picasso’s father, you should be so lucky.

Speaking of Picasso, that reminds me of a favorite story. Legend has it that Picasso was sketching in the park, when a woman approached. “It’s you—Picasso, the great artist! You must sketch my portrait! I insist.”

After much arm-twisting, Picasso acquiesced. He observed her from every angle. Grasping his pencil, with a single stroke, he created a stunning portrait.

The woman effused, “You have captured my essence perfectly in just a stroke. Thank you so much. How much do I owe you?”

“Five thousand dollars,” Picasso responded.

“What???” the astonished woman shouts. “It only took you seconds to draw it!”

Picasso replied, “Madame, it took me my entire life.”

Experience brings an artistry and efficiency to any endeavor. The practiced eye can visualize your goal and execute it without a lot of trial and error that can cost valuable time and break budgets. Nothing can become as expensive as choosing solely on the lowest bid. We all become a little wiser, once we gain the experience of choosing the cheapest price versus the best solution.

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