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The myth of talent

Updated: Feb 8

This may sound radical but I believe the concept of talent has caused untold damage to the human creative spirit. We are given messages from teachers, parents, family, friends, and "experts" throughout our lives that someone either has a talent for something or they don't and that's that. This idea shuts down creativity like nothing else. We will never know the body of work that wasn't created because of this mentality. The unpainted paintings, the music that wasn't composed, the unwritten books, etc. This is probably the main reason I'm driven to teach, to unlock and draw out those creations, to coax them out of the shut-down creative spirit, to fan those flames.

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