Thursday, February 4, 2010
In The Creative Habit, choreographer and dancer Twyla Tharp argues that creativity is the result of hard work and dedication. Similarly, Carol Dweck, in her book Mindset, emphasizes that just because some people can do something with little or no effort doesn't mean that others can't do it with training. She gives Jackson Pollack as an example. He was thought to have little or no native ability, but was "wildly in love with the idea of being an artist. He thought about art all the time, and he did it all the time. Because he was so gung-ho he got others to take him seriously and mentor him until he mastered all there was to master and began to produce startlingly original works." In regard to creativity and life in general I believe these are such important concepts. Hard work always pays off, you have to give if you ever want to receive, and don't underestimate yourself.