Every act of creation is first an act of destruction

"Every act of creation is first an act of destruction." Pablo Picasso

I will never forget an interview with Olympic gold medalist Sally Pearson just after she won the 100m hurdles in London. The interviewer asked Sally how she felt.

To paraphrase her she said "I am on the brink of destruction. To win gold you have to push yourself to that edge." Not what the interviewer expected her to say but it made so much sense.

The primitive part of our brain understandably wants to avoid anything that resembles destruction. This is a relevant strategy for survival but not for greater success.

In creating many of the greatest artworks of last century Picasso understood that break thru invariably required some form of break down first.

Imagine if in business we saw set backs, trials and challenges as a precursor or pathway to success. How would we respond differently and how much more would we learn?