3 Types Of Creatives
Date: 3/8/2004
Most of my friends would agree that I'm a creative person. Who I am revolves around my coding and music skills. Sometimes people are really only aware of one side of that divide, like my co-workers. Anyway I was thinking the other day that I catagorize people into 3 types, in terms of their level of talent and ability. Firstly there are the truely talented, then you have the dedicated and finally the talentless. Which might sound harsh but hear me out.

'Talented' people are those who come along, pick up an instrument, a brush, a mouse or a pen and in seemingly no time at all start bashing out amazing works of art that people gawk at. It seems very effortless for them to create very good work, and they become good at what they do very quickly. I know a few people that are truely talented, and yes they work hard at it but what I'm getting at is that they have a very good return on their work as well.

Then there are the 'dedicated' people that work for years and years on their chosen skill, gradually getting better and better, and eventually doing something really good with their medium. They are characterized by being very stubborn and not giving up. What they do doesn't seem to come naturally to them and they can't adapt quickly to new challenges, but nevertheless they do eventually "get there".

Finally, the 'talentless', and you can probably guess where this is going. They never get even a little bit better, they slog away at something for years and at the end are still within arms reach of where they started. It's almost depressing watching them struggle trying to grasp the concepts and skill required to execute in their medium.

Now your probably wondering what catagory I put myself in, and well I'm one of those 'dedicated' types that spend their life slowly getting better at their art. The funny thing is that the dedicated types often go furthur than the talented type simply because they have far greater stamina, because without that they don't get anywhere at all. They don't get anything handed to them on a plate, it's all very hard work, so they just have the staying power to reach their goal that not all the talented types have. Nevertheless some talented types do have that as well, and of course they blitz everyone else. *sigh*

Maybe you could add a 4th catagory for all the people that are so apathetic that they never try in the first place. But they aren't really 'creatives' after all.
Peoples Advocate
03/08/2004 11:13pm
The thing is, Mr Dedicated Allen, that I dont believe there are people who are talentless in the world. Simply because I am a firm believer in God giving _some_ talent to _all_ people, whether it be just 1 single thing or a few. Now whether everybody has discovered their truly God-given talent, through whatever walk of life they choose, is their perogative. It may not be in the same one area as whatever's common in their circle of life, but it doesnt mean they are talentless. They simply havent discovered theirs yet.

Another thing, correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems you are generally directing your talent issue above to that of music/musicians. Well then in that case, you could be _sort of_ justified in saying "then, there are the talentless.." - in the area of music, yes, of course there are people who arent talented in this particular area. But hey, you and I both know that music is not the only area there is for people to be talented in now, dont we? Otherwise we'd be insulting God and saying He is boring.

Anyway, there's my 2c' worth. As for me, some have said that my talent perhaps lies in 'debating'... :P

Matthew Allen
03/08/2004 11:19pm
Fair call, mostly the 'talentless' are actually just talented in other areas. And are too stuborn to find the area they are actually talented in.

I was also aiming at the fine arts crowd and people that use computers to create visual art.
Paul S.
05/08/2004 2:28am
In the 1970s I was introduced to the ideas of a guy named Charles Garfield. A weightlifter, he was puzzled by the success of smaller lifters, seemingly no match for bigger, stronger competitors. He decided to examine successful people, male and female, in a broad spectrum of professions, eventually reaching the conclusion that these "peak performers," as he called them, all had one trait in common: an ability to self-correct; they intuitively distinguished actor from action, performer from performance and didn't take failure personally. In fact, missing the bull's eye gave them the feedback they needed for their next shot. The key to success for the many not as gifted as the exceptional few is learning from failure.
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