What if I told you that this is absolutely not true? That talent isn’t born, it’s grown.
I started playing piano when I was 5. By the time I was 8 and taking lessons at The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., I had fallen in love with the instrument. My teacher expected me to practice at least 30 minutes a day…which I did….without questioning.
I was 10 when I saw 16 years old Andre Watts perform with Leonard Bernstein and The New York Philharmonic on TV. It was a moment that changed my life. I witnessed an extraordinary talent who grabbed my emotions in a way that I had never experienced.
Yet, it never crossed my mind that I could use Andre as a role model and strive to become as skillful and talented as he was. I didn’t even think about saying to my piano teacher “Show me how I can be as good as Andre Watts and I’ll do whatever it takes to get there.”
Why not? I think you already know. He was talented and I wasn’t. That’s what the culture taught me to believe.
After reading The Talent Code, by Daniel Coyle, what I thought was a solid, unwavering truth for 50 years…isn’t.
In the video below, Daniel talks about what he learned about talent in his 2 years of research and travel.
I couldn’t resist adding this video of Andre performing several years ago. I was unable to find the performance from he ws 16. But this one can you give a taste of his extraordinary ‘talent’.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN. Talk about your own experiences with talent.