Sometimes I only have a 30% chance of making art, doing yoga or something else productive. The things I want to do be the person I want to be. The trick of it is to convert the 30% inspiration into 100% action.
Talent and inspiration are not the essence of making art. They are the initial impulse, sometimes a random bonus. The sprinkles on the cupcake.
“The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, who want to do things. Talent you have naturally. Skill is ONLY developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.”
- Will Smith
Angela Duckworth quoted Will Smith in her book Grit, where she explores the science and psychology of high achievers. She comments:
“With effort, talent becomes skill and, at the very same time, effort makes skill productive.”
This reminded me of Swami Rudrananda’s meditation teaching:
“Effort over time equals growth.”
How we relate to and harness our effort matters so much more than pure talent.