A gifted blogging friend of mine stopped by and left a comment. He reminded me what blogging and the creative process in general, is about.
I have written about his site in the past because Rob Cubbon is gifted.
Do you know someone who has a gift? Design, music, painting, sculpture, dance, acting, writing, mathematics, science, programming?
Do their gifts fill you with envy they way they do me?
Do you wish you had a creative gift?
Because I come from space (see craft below *) and have strange powers, I am going to grant your wish.
Here, take it:
You are now gifted. You have a gift.
But there’s a catch. Your gift is written in obscure hieroglyphics. It must be translated.
I see “gifted” people and notice a common theme.
Gifted people work hard to discover, cultivate, and translate their “gifts” into creative expression
Take the Beatles, gifted song writers and musicians. Have you heard the early recordings of the Beatles? They sucked.
Before they became Beatles they wrote a song that included the lyric:
“I said move over once, move over twice. Come on baby don’t be cold as ice.”
– “The One After 909“ by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
John was 17, Paul was 15. They were copying blues “freight train” songs. Even they didn’t think it was good enough to release after they recorded it six years later in 1963.
After seven more years, the Beatles made “One After 909” work as a live concert recording on the album Let It Be.
These “gifted” English musicians worked hard before they got good, playing at a dive clubs in Hamburg and Liverpool, writing songs and covering standards. John would shred his vocal chords belting out “Twist and Shout.” Their “gift” of musical ability demanded persistent effort over time. Some gift.
Now to your gift.
Oh, you have a gift. I told you that you were gifted. To translate your gift into a recognizable accomplishment you have to discover what it is. You must experiment to discover whether you have an aptitude but much more important, whether you have the determination to translate your gift. It may be a gift for finance, or organizing people. You could be a manager!
You will need about 10,000 hours to get really good.
Whether what you produce is good is not up to you. It’s up to other people. They will tell you if they think you are any good. This takes the pressure off of you. Whether or not what you produce is good is none of your business.
Have you read your early writings? They sucked. So did mine. All early writings suck. All early painting, sculpture, ceramics suck, too.
The one known: you have a gift. Find it, cultivate it, translate it into something of beauty and power.
* The interior of my craft, shown for the first time. Click on it to find your gift.
Enjoy your gift. Work on it. You will get better.