Good morning! I hope your Friday will go well. This week, I have thought a lot about what makes a person “great” at something. What makes a basketball player talented or a gymnast a natural? What gives that person the “bend” for science or computer programming? Natural born gift? Or something that has to be worked on every day?
For me, it is both. Sometimes it is a natural bend. Most of the time it is practice and training that makes a skill natural for an individual.
As someone who thought that graphic design was out of my league, I find myself working as a designer. For a while, I knew what the answer was but I struggled with putting it into words. Then I came across a comic strip created by The Awkward Yeti (a fantastic artist and writer). Below is his comic:
As you can see, both “Heart” and “Gallbladder” started at the same point in time. A shapeless lump that looks like a yellow Ditto. But where Heart stared and wished that he was better, Gallbladder kept at it. He made some funny looking pieces and even found himself disappointed in the resulting work. But he kept practicing and researching by producing sculptures and looking things up.
The end result is Gallbladder has created a recognizable art piece.
And yes, some people are truly born with a natural gift. But that means nothing if one does not apply that skill every day. Refining it. Sharpening it.
It takes a desire to master the talent as well as investing hours of time. It takes determination to overcome obstacles and a willingness to try.
Whatever you want to do. Whatever your dream is. The only way to know if you can do it is to go for it.
P.S.: Special thanks to “The Awkward Yeti” for giving permission to use his comic. Visit his website at http://theawkwardyeti.com/
Have a great weekend, folks!