Hard work vs. talent


“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?

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5 thoughts on “Hard work vs. talent

  1. Yes, I think hard work alone can make us a good artist. It doesn’t make us perfect, but it improves our skills and makes us persevere. I believe that no matter how perfect some crafts are, people’s tastes are different. Some won’t like what others love.

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  2. I’d say it can, but people don’t search for good artists – they search for GREAT artists. You need both talent and hard work to become the latter (I think). More importantly, you need to know why you’re here on this Earth and you need to do what’s meant for you to do – even if that means you’ll never be an artist. Be You!

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  3. I watched an interview with Rick Ross (I think it was him) during an interview show on The Breakfast Club, and he said when they’re looking at artists to sign to the label, they never look at how “good” or “talented” they are, they instead, focus on the person who clearly wants to work.

    It was the same thing when I took Muay Thai a few years ago too. Even if you weren’t that good, if you showed up to every single class, instructors would pay a little more attention to you because it’s obvious you have the work-ethic which is crucial to become skilled.

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    • Martial arts is a great metaphor for this. To be good requires discipline. Also, you are born thus weak, pathetic being, you can’t say that you are born good. And, in the case of martial arts, it’s not the guy who’s bigger who wins, but the one who wants to win more.


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