Talented I'm Not

by lesley // posted on Apr 11, 2016

At least in the Western world, talent is thought of as an innate ability to do something - generally in the arts.

I'm not saying there's no such thing as talent, I'm just saying it's overrated.  There are those who are talented but because they thought talent was all that was required,  we've never heard of them.

I wasn't born with a silver paintbrush in my mouth nor was I raised in an artistically inclined environment.  That's not to say I wasn't incredibly fortunate to have had parents who encouraged me to do whatever I wanted to do - but to just work really hard at it.

Skill is not inherent.  Skill is the result of endless hours of practice.  Learning remains infinite.  The practice is daily.  No amount of talent will pull you through if you don't learn the basics.

We need to stop glorifying talent and begin recognizing the artists we admire for their dogged determination, desire, practice and dedication - qualities required to make progress.

This is actually good news.

Many people say they would love to paint, play a musical instrument, write sonnets or a novel, but are  paralyzed by the belief they lack the talent necessary to realize their dream.

If you're willing to put in the hours and stubbornly maintain focus through all the ups and downs, you CAN do it in spades. 

Now is never too late.



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