At some point in our lives, we have all heard the phrase, "he or she is so talented....I wish I could create art like that." In my experience, I've heard this more times than I can count. But here is the thing. Very few people are born talented. In fact, most of the greatest artist, past or present, have persevered because of consistency, determination, and a passion for creating great art; not because they were born with talent.
Talent is overrated. Moreover, talent can also become an obstacle rather than a gift. The few people that do have innate talent tend to lack motivation. In contrast, those that have to work hard at a discipline very often far exceed the so-called "talented individual." Daniel Parkhurst, author and student of the academic painter William Bouguereau, wrote that "talent is just another name for the love of a thing." This love, coupled with consistency, persistence, and the right training, will always put you on the most productive path for success.
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