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Editor’s Note: We’re gonna start with a short history lesson, but trust me, it’s gonna come around to you pretty quickly.

In the mid-15th century, a famous artist named Agostino di Duccio was commissioned to create a sculpture for the church in Florence Italy.

He went to the quarry and selected a massive piece of marble. When it was brought back to his studio he began chiseling it down. But, alas, he discovered that the marble was too thin and had too many flaws. It was a crappy piece of stone.

So he abandoned the project. After all, he was too good to waste time on something like that.

Ten years later, the church still wanted the sculpture so they commissioned another famous artist to give it a go and gave him the same block of marble.

He also chiseled away on the stone for awhile. But soon he agreed with di Duccio. The slab of marble sucked. It was flawed. It would break apart and it was too thin to create anything worthwhile.

That master artist abandoned the project as well. I suppose he had better things to do than waste time with flawed materials

So the partly-chiseled, sad excuse for a marble block was moved to the back corner of a warehouse, where it sat collecting dust for 35 years.

Then a haughty young 26-year-old came around. The church, thinking maybe everybody forgot how bad the stone was, told this lad to make something of it.

He looked at this stone that was too tall, too thin, too flawed and had been chiseled over already by two other artists – and he began to work.

The kid’s name was Michelangelo and what he created out of that supposedly flawed stone was the statue of David, arguably the most famous (and beautiful) sculpture in the world.