Pablo Picasso, 01 Cheeky Woman & The Day I Almost Died

August 20, 2020 Abdulaziz M Alhamdan M.Sc. Episode 29
Pablo Picasso, 01 Cheeky Woman & The Day I Almost Died
Pablo Picasso, 01 Cheeky Woman & The Day I Almost Died
Aug 20, 2020 Episode 29
Abdulaziz M Alhamdan M.Sc.

#029 What did the cheeky woman say to Picasso in public?

How does this relate to saving the UK from the Nazis in WWII?

And how does this all link to the day I almost died 10 years ago?

Listen, and discover.

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#029 What did the cheeky woman say to Picasso in public?

How does this relate to saving the UK from the Nazis in WWII?

And how does this all link to the day I almost died 10 years ago?

Listen, and discover.

Podcast Music: THBD - Good For You

Support the show (

## Chapter 7: Pablo Picasso, 01 Cheeky Woman, And The Day I Almost Died

What did the cheeky woman say to Picasso in public?

How does this relate to saving the UK from the Nazis in WWII?

And how does this all link to the day I almost died 10 years ago?

Listen, and discover.

### 7.1 Introduction

In 2010, I almost died. 

All I could see are women fainting. All I could hear are grown men crying.

### 7.2 Picasso and The Cheeky Woman

But first, let's speak about Pablo Picasso:

That day, Picasso ordered a Daiquiri. Everyone knew that daiquiris put him in the right mood for inspiration.

Then, he sat down to observe the world around him. 

...To use every detail he can perceive as inspiration for the new paintings he worked on.

Suddenly, he heard: "Mister Picasso! I recognized you!"

This was not new to him, but that encounter was very different...

### 7.3 The Repairman, The UK, and The Nazis

It was 40% similar to the myth, the legend of the Irish machine repairman who saved the U.K. from complete destruction in 1943.

This machine repairmen was considered by many a failure. He didn't live up to his potential, he was less successful than his peers... and he knew it.

Every morning, he began his day with negativity: He was a grown man still living with his mother. 

Every morning, she lectured him on his failures, how his cousins are doing much better than he's doing, and how he could have been much much more.

And yes, he tried a lot, but he failed even more than he tried.

He walked around almost helpless. Disappointed in life. Disappointed in himself.

What kept him alive is that he worked in a small-town factory that made parts for the Royal Air Force.

He lived vicariously through those pilots bravely fighting the Nazis. Sometimes, he imagined himself flying in the air, thousands of miles up high, a hero shooting at Nazi airplanes, each one sinking down saved a family, a daughter, a son, a mother from certain death.

One day, something happened in that factory: The machines stopped. Everything stood still.

Everyone tried to fix it, but nothing none succeeded.

Every hour that passed, delays were costing lives, Royal Air Force pilots didn't have airplanes to fly, the Nazis were one step closer to victory.

The town experts entered that factory door only to leave it filled with shame, because they had no idea what's going on.

Meanwhile, our repairman was sitting with the other worker... 

...Suddenly, he remembered something:

In that factory, he had a friend he used to tell all his troubles.

That friend is an orange cat he called Scrubby.

And that cat was nowhere to be found, nowhere to be seen. Which is very unusual.

Then it hit him: Scrubby might have something to do with all of this -- he remembered the cat liked to go nap near the ventilation openings, he often risked falling deep inside the bowel of the machines.

So he ran! RAN to the manager, and said: "I think scrubby fell down into the ventilation system, and that's causing this whole mess!"

Yes, he did. 

And that's how the factory went back to work, the airplanes kept being produced, and the U.K. was able to survive.

And if this legendary repairman didn't fail at life, if he weren't so depressed he spent his days talking to a cat, history might have been totally different.

His life of failure saved millions of souls. His gold was in his negative experiences.

### 7.4 Airway Pilot Hero

Just like my airways pilot on that small airplane that almost crashed with me inside it in 2010:

I never imagined an airplane could shake that hard.

This was a small airplane that went straight into a live tornado.

And can you imagine that feels?

It feels like a vicious baby giant took the airplane and shook it up and down as hard as he could.

This was way different to the turbulence huge airplanes go through, this was serious, the real deal.

The lights inside the cabin were going on and off, like a horror movie. Hand luggage falling everywhere. The air hostesses unable to keep their calm, they panicked and ran to tie themselves to their seats.

A full hour of hearing screams, cries, and people preparing themselves to die. Where every moment felt like it could have been our last. The plane literally was going tens of meters up and down within seconds.

But did I panic along with them all?

Yes, a little bit. But I knew that's useless, I didn't want my last moments to be moments of fear, so I chose to think differently.

I chose to imagine the pilot of that small airplane to be seasoned, experienced, in control of the situation.

And what does it mean to be seasoned? 

It means he had seen worse times. He had been through so much trouble that he can handle things during this horrible situation. That troubles are nothing new to him.

As I read in a quote recently: "Good decisions come from wisdom. Wisdom comes from making many bad decisions."

Understand this: Making mistakes and being stuck in confusion and failure is a HUGE competitive advantage and source of trust for YOU. It makes people trust you just like I trusted that pilot because you've been where they are, you've had hard times just like they did. You can relate to how they feel.

### 7.5 Picasso's Troubles

Which was basically the state of being Pablo Picasso sought to live every day:

That day when he was sitting in the restaurant, a cheeky old lady came to him and asked that he makes a quick drawing for her grandson.

She smiled, acted friendly, and was all cutsey all the time.

So Picasso did. He scribbled a few lines in 3 minutes, and gave her the piece of paper, then said: "Here you go. This will cost you a million dollars. Would you write a check please?"

Shocked, she responded: "But Mr Picasso! A million dollars for a scribble of 3 minutes?! Be reasonable!"

To which he answered: "Oh my dear lady. It took me 40 years of failures to get to the point I can do that 3 minute drawing."

And yes he did. 

If you Google "Picasso's Bulls," you will find that he set for himself challenges where he failed more often than not.

With the bulls example, he tried to simplify and capture the essence of the animal, the bull, in as few lines as possible.

He failed. And tried again. And drew but it wasn't to his satisfaction, not simple enough. So he repeated and drew again. 

At least 11 times that we know of. Probably many more.

So the way that Picasso developed his skills is by spending more time in failure. Spending more time in confusion, searching for the right answer, not knowing where it is, being stuck.

But that's what makes him legendary. His failures gave him abilities, unlocked skills and experiences that people who got it easy, who never failed, who never've gone through years of struggle will never achieve.

### 7.6 The Deep Stories You Have

What does this mean to you?

The whole lesson of this episode is deep: To connect with people and to build an Audience, the best stories you can share are your stories of struggle and failure.

The more problems, depression, dead-ends, and tough times you've lived, the more powerful the stories you have.

It's the real competitive advantage in this new economy based on human bonding!


It means if you feel, right now, like a failure, you have GOLD that the people who succeeded easily do not have!

It's something you can use to get your own turn at success! 

Your stories of failure, you depressions and sad nights, anxiety, insomnia, and the times you tried and got rejected.

...All that is POWER.

Because people don't connect with someone perfect. They don't see humanity in someone who didn't struggle. People feel bonded to those who ooze humanity. 

And what is more human than to be hurt and bleed?

Understand that: in reality, your failures are what makes you legendary.

Because, just like Einstein said: "A fish who is trying to climb a tree will spend its life thinking it's an idiot. But if you put it in water, the genius will come out."

The same with you: Your stories of suffering, of struggle, of depression are meaningless when they're stuck inside your head, a waste. 

But when you share those stories, true StoryBonding power can be released to the world at large! They will build your freedom business and help you create the success you want!

### 7.7 Your StoryBonding Turn

Now, it's your turn:

Do you feel you have stories of real struggle and failure?

Have you been through really hard times, where life hurt you really bad?

That's GOLD right there.

What are you doing with those stories right now?

Are you sharing them, or pretending to be perfect by hiding them?

Whatever you do, the best advice you can hear is: Crack your heart open and let your realness, your blood, your emotions flow and be shared with the world.

That's the light beam that will bring people closer to you... It's what will make your Audience feel like they've been together with you on your hard journey.

Cherish your past struggles. It's the hidden key to your success.

### 7.8 Conclusion

To end, I remind you to subscribe to this Podcast, because life is better when we are together, as a team. Life is better when you belong. Life is better when you become a StoryBonder and share your truth with the world. 

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