Is innate talent a myth?
Is innate talent a myth? Or are we stuck inside an illusion bubble of inflated beliefs?
Ever wondered why is it that the vast majority of individuals feel they are incapable of drawing(or any other skills)? What transpires to us that ultimately drives us to believe such a ridiculous claim?. Here comes the answer to this ambiguity. Graham Shaw talks about why some people think they can’t draw and how to prove them wrong through his Ted talk “Why people believe they can’t draw.”
Shaw, a communications specialist, demonstrates how everyone has superior sketching abilities than they believe.
“How many of you can draw?” he asks as he delivers his ideas.
He argues that beliefs, not talent, are to be blamed for a lot of poor sketching talents. So, how can we surpass our limiting thoughts and improve our sketching skills?
Shaw displays one solution: a basic sketching “sequence.” He invites the audience to test out the approach by giving each person a pen and paper.
What makes his talk so enthralling and engaging?
He shows how a basic drawing “sequence” can be structured to experiment with drawings and produce hundreds of different cartoons and pictures. He then backs up his point by telling anecdotes of people who didn’t think they could draw but later learned how to sketch, thus attaining success in many areas of life.
Drawing is indeed a fascinating medium to connect with, as it can enhance the worth of any message you are trying to get over and even boost your self-esteem.
“How many additional beliefs and restricting notions do we all carry around with us every day?” he asks the audience as a last thought.
“The great talent myth”-needs to be examined further. The conviction in one’s ability may propel you far forward or shatter you before you even get started. Many of us feel that our lives and identities are mainly influenced by “Heredity”. When it comes down to it, this is another restrictive falsehood. He exhorts his audience to change their view of perceiving talents. Not merely drawing, Shaw throws light over the spelling and singing talents too.
What are the major takeaways?
We all can sketch. Learning the fundamental laws of art is the first step toward becoming an artist. Once you understand the principles and recognize patterns, the activity becomes more doable, and the limiting mindset fades. This is true in many aspects of life, not just art. 66- A number, just a number now will turn out to be caricature eyes in our thoughts- a great manifestation by the speaker.
And at the end, we are left with a single question to ponder upon, “What other limiting beliefs do we have?”
Our beliefs can help us set appropriate limits for risky actions. Perhaps, limiting ideas keeps us from achieving our goals in life. We may be our own worst enemies in many ways. Our perceptions limit us, as does our comprehension of what is real and incorrect.
Examine your perceptions. New concepts are put to the test. There’s always space for improvement.
Just make sure you’re not the only one who’s preventing it.
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