- She’s a natural.
- Everything he does seems to turn to gold.
- They have “the it” factor.
Attributing fellow artists’ accomplishments to anything but work ethic, desire to learn and dedication is a grave mistake for our own creativity.
Yet, it’s easy to fall into this dishonoring thinking pattern.
Would we think/speak this way with any other occupations or hobbies?
- He’s a natural at building houses. He was born that way.
- She just knows accounting. I don’t know how but she’s just got that “it factor’.
- He’s so lucky at writing software and getting it to the market.
Ridiculous, right? Then why do we sometimes think/speak this way about the work and success of our fellow creatives? Somehow it feels right (or good) for us to downplay the work of others and emphasize luck instead.
Minimizing the efforts of others by saying “he’s a natural” or “she’s got the ‘it’ factor” allows us to make excuses for our own lack of dedication and poor work ethic.
Instead, let’s celebrate others (It’s commandment #6 in this post) and watch our own creativity, work and efforts flourish into something beautiful for all to enjoy.
Brining life and beauty to the world isn’t about luck–it’s about passion translated into work. (Wanna tweet that?)