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Bob Ross on Talent and Practice

are short explorations of music, life, and the daily endeavor of practicing classical guitar. Enjoy!]


“Talent is a pursued interest. Anything that you’re willing to practice, you can do.”

Bob Ross


Many of us grew up believing that “talent” is something you either have or you don’t. It’s something some lucky people were born with. The rest of us “just aren’t talented.”

But talent is a myth. It’s a fancy word describing the outcome of practice.

A musician playing note-perfect Bach has “talent”. But even if we tie the most perfect knot, no one will ever tell us we have a “talent” for tying shoes. We do it well because we’ve done it enough times to master the skills involved.

Music is the same. If we put in time, we get better. This is true for us all.

That said, some people do seem to have an easier time of it than others.

The people for whom it seems to come more easily are likely very interested in it. They are curious. They ask questions and seek answers.

This heightened engagement makes each lesson come quicker. It makes practice more fun. It leads to more practice, and quicker improvement.

The key to steady growth on our instruments is interest. As long as we stay engaged, we build the skills needed to meet new challenges. These new challenges pique our interest, and a virtuous cycle is born.

Instead of holding back because we lack “talent”, we can instead take responsibility.

We’re either interested and engaged or we’re not. If it’s something we’d like to do, then our job is to get interested and get engaged.

And we do this by looking closer at the details, asking questions, and trying new things.


“Talent is a pursued interest. Anything that you’re willing to practice, you can do.”

Bob Ross




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