There are some things at which some people find out they are gifted without having to try a great deal. Famously, athletic ability is one of those things that shows early – a child showing the ability to run faster or for longer than the others may be destined for a future athletics career. Musical ability also falls into this category. Some of us can pick up a guitar and put together a reasonable tune without having to concentrate too hard or put in too much effort. It is quite a pleasant thing to discover – the ability to make music is one that is keenly sought-after – but it doesn’t mean you are all the way there.
Remember, there is a world of difference between being able to play the guitar well and being able to create impressive music. Some people can play cover versions of famous songs perfectly, but when it comes to thinking outside the box and creating something new, it becomes a whole new kettle of fish. It is therefore not wise to rest on your laurels. While true creativity cannot be learned it can be honed, and most of us have some creative ability in us somewhere. Release that and master it, and you can be on a roll towards creating something special.
There are so many people who found out early on that they were talented, and failed to realize that this was not the green light to lucrative success they thought it was. Natural talent plus hard work can make you really gifted – but a dash of humility is required to ensure that the two meet.