Chapter 3

Skill: If You Are Incapable of Doing It, It Can’t Be Done

Question: Do I have full command of the medium, methods, and techniques that will allow me to excel?

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The Burghers of Calais, Auguste Rodin(Photograph: Getty Images)

The Burghers of Calais by Auguste Rodin was a monument commissioned by the civic leaders of Calais in 1884 to commemorate the heroism of six men who saved the town during the Hundred Years’ War. Through a slightly convoluted bit of reasoning involving intermarriages and ancestral claims, Edward III conceived of France as southern England and invaded it. When the town of Calais was conquered, six burghers volunteered ...

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