From an early age, we’re taught to aim for the best – whether it involves the schools, companies, or people we associate with.
But what if “the best” isn’t what we need?
What if, by surrounding ourselves with “prestigious” people, places, and institutions, we’re actually sabotaging our growth?
Let me explain.
Painters in a Parisian Café
It was 1860s Paris. The city was taking the art world by storm. In a café, five artists met to talk.
The young painters – Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, and Frédéric Bazille – convened at the Café Guerbois. As usual, they discussed art, life, and philosophy under the guidance of the older Édouard Manet.
Right now though, they needed to talk business. Specifically, the business of getting into the Salon.