One of Pablo Picasso’s quotes is “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” His paintings are among the most expensive ones today, but even in Picasso’s days he made a lot of money. His paintings did not make sense, nor did he try to make sense. He wanted to draw like a child. Another one of his famous quotes reflects his philosophy on paintings;
” The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do? ”
My point for this reference is that such creativity and excellence is built over many years. Therefore, the price tag on such things are based on value and not on time. If Picasso took a few minutes to draw a few lines on a canvas would you try to pay for those few minutes? Unlikely, because he took many years learning the skill to draw those few lines and therefore, you would end up paying for those years! That is why its so expensive.
Those in position of governance may not have all the required knowledge and skills. Therefore, if you want to Govern well, pay for good advice. I have constant discussions on the phone about various issues faced by companies and the clients think since it takes a few minutes only to clarify the issue, it does not cost us too much! Well, surprise surprise!! Those few minute answers were due to many years of investment.
So next time you talk to professionals for advice, remember the few minutes they spent on answers or analysis, took them many years to learn. Therefore, pay for such advice and think of Picasso!