posted on Nov, 30 2015 @ 10:26 PM
I've been a musician for nearly 3 decades, mostly just playing at my house. I just wanted to chime in on this.
When you hear people speaking of talent, especially when you hear people state matter of factly that musicians and artists are talented, it is nearly
always coming from someone who is not a musician or artist or whatever. It's a cop out. I don't believe in talent. Go look up interviews with any of
your favorite musicians. Nearly all of them will talk about hard work, not talent.
It's dismissive. It's a way for someone to disregard all of the relentless dedication that it takes. "Oh, well, it's easy for him. He's talented". No.
You're just lazy. Or not driven enough.
That being said, some people are more inclined to certain things, but that's just down to how their brain is wired. Let's say Jim is better with
numbers than Jan. That doesn't mean Jan can't learn math. In fact, if she works hard, she can learn more about math than Jim. And just because Jim is
good with numbers, doesn't mean he doesn't have to study.
Also, sometimes a physical advantage may exist. For instance, a pianist who has large hands/long fingers may be better equipped than one with short
But mostly, talent is a word tossed around by people who never took the time to put in the work.