'You see the crossings out, you see the agonies this man went through'
- Leonard Bernstein on Beethoven
Reading Nancy Duarte's 'Resonate' led me to search for a video of Leonard Bernstein as an example of a great communicator. Here he is talking about about Beethoven.
I imagine what he says is true of most aspects of greatness. The end product looks clean. Every note is exactly where it should be. It all makes sense.
Behind that is the toil. Behind that is the ten thousand hours. Behind that is the head clasped in the hands in shear desperation that leads to that moment when you are finished and smile.