Natural Talent

The concept of talent is firmly engraved in our culture, we often see those great people archiving great things and we wish we could do what they do if only we ware that talented

But what if the people we idealize weren’t actually more talented than us. what if we were just as talented as them? I think the interested person to look at is Henri Cartier-Bresson

Because he is generally described as  the most talented street  photographer we had ever had but he  famously quoted  saying “your first 10.000 photographs  are you’re the worst  and those don’t seem like  the words of some one  that been born with a  natural talent ,but rather  some one that  dedicates thousands and thousands of hours  to master a discipline  in 2007 a studies was initiated  and there are actually no such thing as a natural talent  just hard work and dedication and making sure your effort is focused on the right areas  basically  intelligence  and skill are things we aren’t born with  but things we develop thru practice  and this is thru across the board

Apart from a few athletic examples where something like weigh might be advantage

But its not what am talking about here so what is this mean? Well firstly it means that you can archive the same level of skill people you idealises  have all those film makers, artists, photographers, you can be skills all those as good as them , and

secondly it means that everything you have already archived is not by innate talent you have but thru your own hard work and dedication so well done you . so when you ler something don’t ever give up because you don’t think you talented enough

because we now know its not how ability works and embrace mistakes  because mistakes are discovering  gaps in your knowledge that you need to overcome  and you need to find the right resources  in order to help you overcome this  traditionally  that would be teachers lecturers and libraries  but this day we have the internet we have the greatest resource that humanity ever had  at our fingertips we have on our phones in our pockets .So stop worrying about what you cant do

 and just do it .

Beware of feeling comfortable, as soon as you start feel comfortable, challenge your self, change something  try something new ,learn to let go  of old work ,we all have our best work  that we feel that is our best  but try to better them  try to forget about them

And move forward, if you keep coming to old work  it means that you not progressing

Try push yourself build on what you already done. Ask yourself questions ask for feedback  and critique on a regular basis ,it could  be difficult  because its hard to hear

And it’s the critique that’s really gets you  but its probably the most important  because you know they right  ,

take the temporary pain  for the long term benefit

You need to know what you doing wrong,  ignore haters and trolls on line 

Learn  to not be precious your work 

Learn to embrace the criticism and move forward 

always keep learning  you have never learned everything

because the world moves forward