I am no artist. In fact, if I were to say anything about myself, is that I am the least talented in art. At least, these days. In the past, I did a couple of paintings and clay works which I think could be considered at least average, if not a little above. However, that doesn’t mean that I still have that level of skill. In the present, it’s below average.
Here’s a question: What is talent? Is it an innate ability that an individual possesses, or is it a skill that an individual can learn with consistent effort? Perhaps. Yet, I think it could be both the innate ability and the effort put into learning. Or more like, surely it is.
Although a person with innate ability can easily do something, it is this ease that can cause them to lack the proper mindset to improve – much like a student who can breeze through their classes and not study. They will remain good, but they can never reach ‘great’. A person who lacks the innate ability might not find it easy, but very often to compare, or even beat those that do, they might put in twice the effort or even more than that.
With these thoughts in my mind, I wonder. Is it that I have innate talent in things, and so I don’t try to follow through properly? Yet, if that was the case, surely I’d find something I enjoy that I want to follow through with. So, no, I do not have the innate talent that I’m thinking of.
So, then, if I was to consider the alternative, if you lack innate talent, then you might put in an effort to beat those who possess it. I already am clear that I don’t have that mindset.
Therefore, I must propose a third option: Those who are content with ‘good enough’. They aren’t bad at something, they aren’t great at anything. They will go through their life simply claiming that if it’s good enough, then it’s fine. This is probably the place where I belong now. A person who is content with average.
But now, am I content with being that kind of person? Or do I want to be better than that? A conundrum… I’ve offered three types of people: Those with innate ability, those without who seek to improve, and those who are content with their current ability. If I, as the third type, decided to improve on not being content with ‘good enough’, have I become the second type of person?
For me, I do believe that the third type can become the second type. And perhaps the first type is much more similar to the third type than I thought when I began writing this post. It doesn’t matter, I suppose. I will state my final thought.
I have decided to work on my skills, to improve them and find something I would like to do for a lifetime, or some of a lifetime. These kinds of posts will be more often, and so will chapter posts, I hope. But, here is the current state of my drawing: