What price talent, skill, education, and experience?

Ran across this story today while reading the daily Quora digest. We think it applies to each and every one of us in this profession:

QUESTION: What is the coolest line in history?

ANSWER: I recall a story where Picasso was sketching at a park.
A woman walks by, recognizes him, and begs for her portrait. A few minutes later, he hands her the sketch. She is elated, excited about how wonderfully it captures the very essence of her character, what beautiful work it is, and asks how much she owes him.
“5000 francs, madam,” says Picasso. The woman is incredulous, outraged, and asks how that’s even possible given it only took him 5 minutes.
Picasso looks up and, without missing a beat, says:

“No, madam, it took me my whole life.”

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