24 Sep Being Great Often Requires Help from Others
Here is a list of greats you may not have realized didn’t create their masterpiece(s) alone:
- Andy Warhol (assistants)
- James Patterson (ghostwriters)
- Michelangelo (assistants)
- Tom Clancy (ghostwriters)
- Walt Disney (partner)
- The Wright Brothers (mentor)
Michelangelo Buonarroti is most well known for his work on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. However, did you know that when asked by the Pope to paint the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo protested saying, “I’m not a painter. I’m a sculptor. I’ve hardly done anything with a brush and you want me to paint 2000 square feet on a curved ceiling”? The Pope was so angered by his defiance that Michelangelo took the commission but enlisted help from some of his friends who were expert painters.
The Wright Brothers
We all associate the Wright brothers with being pioneers in aviation. But did you know that it would have never been possible without a man named Octave Chanute? The Wright brothers used Chanute’s extensive research to build their gliders. They also wrote to Chanute often for advice, and Chanute’s assistants were heavily involved with the test flights.
James Patterson & Tom Clancy
Do you ever wonder how some authors seem to publish books so quickly that the only explanation is they have to have a clone? Well, the thought is not far off. Many authors have ghostwriters: authors who write a book that is published under someone else’s name. Patterson and Clancy are two examples of current authors who regularly rely on ghostwriters to be able to publish a large quantity of books.
All of these entrepreneurs knew that to be able to be truly great, they had to rely on the help of others. You’re great at what you do, but don’t think you have to do it all alone. Surround yourself with people who can help you become ever greater. Iconic is just one of the marketing firms Indianapolis has to offer, but we pride ourselves in the work we’ve done to help our clients become even greater.