It takes a while to finally be you

You have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself – Miles Davis

One of the things that makes us unique is an ability to understand self-referential statements like the one here. Strictly speaking, it's a tautology, meaning it's necessarily true and just as meaningless. Scott Berkun uses it, however, to make the case for creative perspiration, because the biggest contributor to any ultimate success is just showing up.

We are all born with a gap between our ambitions and our abilities, and ambitions rise much faster than abilities can....

Many very talented people never develop their skills only because they can’t stand the feeling of this gap. They’re embarrassed and tortured by it. They expect to be great quickly and when they’re not they feel they’re a failure, despite their foolish comparisons to ghosts of their own invention.

So if you have any creative ambition, there are but two questions: What is it? And are you willing work long enough to give it the best part of you?


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