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Talent vs Skill

Steve Martin is known to have said, “I have no talent. None”.

That is good news for me because I am not particularly talented and don’t have much of an imagination. But if Steve Martin can become a famous comedian without having any talent, it gives me permission to do the things I do.

Talent is something you are born with, like brown eyes. It is innate. Not everyone sees or develops the talents they have. That’s ok because talents are useful for all kinds of things we need, like telling great stories or reaching the top shelf.

Skill can be developed. That means that whether or not I happen to be naturally talented in a particular direction, I can work on getting better at the things I want to do, like learning Portuguese and making art.

Jamuna Burry

Exploring ideas on creativity through digital art.