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I wish I could draw as well as he can.

Is being creative a natural gift that some people have in them inherently?

Are some people just better than others naturally?

I had a lot of these questions when I was younger, but later realized that creativity and art is also something that can be learned. It can be improved upon by practice.

I recently watched a TED talk by Adam Grant called The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers, that I found very interesting. Grant showed a plot graph of the best composers of all time. The chart showed the amount of compositions the artist made vs. how famous they were. He then explained that the all the successful composers were only best because of the sheer number of compositions they had made. More compositions meant that they had tried more and failed more. Of all the compositions they made, a few of them stood out as amazing.



I wish I hadn’t compared my work to other people when I was younger and thought why am I not good. As a junior in college I now understand this concept much better.  It’s only now that I realize that the most important component in getting good is practice. After doing things again and again in different ways you automatically learn and get better.

So the next time you see someone doing amazing art or design just remember that they got good because of practice and so will you if you just keep doing it.


Here is a link to the TED talk by Adam Grant: