“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” - John C. Maxwell
They say hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. And I do agree. After all, talent is never just an innate ability. It’s a lot more than just that.
It’s hard work, perseverance, discipline, vision, courage, faith, and a bunch of others all mixed up into one.
But can hard work alone make you a good artist?
In a way, yes. Of course, it’s not going to be easy, but there’s only one way to get better at anything: by doing more and more work.
Trying to be better than you were yesterday takes a lot of hard work. Then again, it’s also important to figure out what is it that you’re doing wrong and fix it.
So, yes. Hard work alone is not enough. You need to know on what to work, you need to acquire a certain vision that work alone does not offer… you gain than only by observing those who are better than you.
Watch and learn… watch and learn.
They adaptability is our greatest resource. It’s what actually makes us intelligent enough to do all the things that we do. We not only change ourselves to our environments, but we change our environments to suit our needs.
That’s one of the things they call talent: you shape the medium, you break through the norms and the rules, and you create something different. You adapt the work to suit your particular skill set.
I know talented people who have no vision. They can’t create something that’s theirs. They’re just really good at imitating other artists.
So, yes, it might sound as complicated or whatever, but, in all honesty, it’s not. If you want to be a writer, just write and read. If you want to be a painter, just paint and absorb as much art as possible.
And then there’s the other neat thing: live your life. Don’t forget to do that once in a while.
Art is simply the act of enhancing reality in a way that transmits a message.
Never forget that.
But art is also a craft, a job, and a business.
Never forget that as well.