How’s your Opus…better yet, how’s your Magnum Opus?
The term “Magnum Opus” is Latin for “great work” and it is bestowed on any work generally accepted to be a masterpiece, as well as the greatest work of its creator, forever cementing them as someone of exceptional talent.
Michelangelo’s David, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Pablo Picasso Guernica, Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, The Beatle’s Let It Be, Walt Disney’s Snow White and The Seven Dwarf’s, Alex Haley’s Roots and Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream are the Magnum Opus’s of their lives.
What about you? What’s your Magnum Opus…your seminal work…the thing that puts you in the record books?
The fact is…the most important Magnum Opus you’ll ever create in your life is what you make of your life.
There is in the life of each one of us a possible magnificent masterpiece, or a calamity, a grievous waste of talent.
Whichever it proves to be it will be hung in the gallery of life for all to see. It will be exhibited to the world as the embodiment, the evidence, the principles by which your life has stood.
One of the saddest and pathetic things in life is the spectacle of seeing someone with immense talent who has squandered away their chance in life…who wasted away their possibilities.
And, when near the end of life awakens to the fact that the larger part of their powers has never been utilized…that his almost finished career, marriage, and relationship with their kids which could very well have been a masterpiece, is now only a smirched, unsightly disgrace…a measly little crumb of a life.
We’re all playing a high stakes game of one and done…and the kind of person you will make of yourself, how you will be regarded by the world, whether people will admire and respect or despise and pity you, whether you win the approval or the condemnation of your family, friends and colleagues…all this lies in your own hands.
NO MATTER YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES….there’s not a power on earth that can keep you from crafting a superb character, from developing an indomitable spirit, from making your life a masterpiece.
Many people seem to think that they are under…no obligation to make their life…this one and only life they were given as complete, as successful as possible.
But this is precisely what we are here for…to create our Magnum Opus…not to waste the one and only life we’ve been given by playing small…and remaining fearful.
We are here to make a significant mark on this world…not to leave an unsightly stain.
Your Magnum Opus…is the work of your lifetime as well as the greatest challenge you will ever face…and that is precisely why you’re going to love the 100 Day Challenge which opens for enrollment on September 22nd.
From the moment you begin…you’ll be challenged to think bigger, act bolder…and to develop a pair of brass balls as it takes courage, conviction, commitment and character to face your fears…to dig deep, to go where you have never been…and to create your Magnum Opus.
But by doing so…you’ll not only FINISH THE YEAR STRONG…you’ll also prove to yourself that you’ve got what it takes to be one of the great ones.
Gary Ryan Blair