I don’t believe in talent.
I did once. But I stopped.
Look, no matter what skill you’re interested in, I bet you $100 there are some basic rules and principles that make the core of the subject… and everything else is just a combination of those. If you master those principles you’re going to be so much better than everybody else that they will label you as “talented”.
The key is seeking out the right things. And then practice. (Here’s where most of us fail and give up.)
Let’s look at classical drawing.
Now, if you are to sign up to the majority of drawing courses you’d be in deep dead waters, and your progress would be sloooow because… the majority of drawing courses never teach you those basic principles!
To get good, and get good quickly, you need to practice the right things. Problem is… the right things are hidden and go against popular belief. (Aren’t they always…)
You see, getting good at drawing has nothing to do with creativity.
It is actually quite the opposite. It’s a SYSTEMATIC training of brain to see in a certain way.
There are few basic rules… and then there’s practice. And more practice. It is actually very tedious. It gets boring soon. And you don’t see the point of it all the time.
But if you don’t give up… if you persist… then, at some point you’ll look back and see HOW TALENTED YOU’VE BECOME.
What’s the point of all this, you ask?
I guess it’s just a long and contrived way of saying that whatever it is that you want to do… just find the right sources, mentors, teachers, and do it. Don’t let your own beliefs stop you from it.