Tuesday, September 25, 2012
If Tony the Tiger Can Be Great, Why Can't I?
My creative writing professor is a brilliant writer who thinks none of us have any talent. He told us the other day that "Given statistics, none of you will ever be great writers" - which may be a fair statement in general, but isn't something you want to hear from a person who is supposed to open up a door to new inspiration and knowledge for you. So how much do we listen to the advice and anecdotes of those we look up to? I know that I'm not great yet, but I'm still going to keep working on my 10,000 hours and be at least utterly and fantasticly good one day.
(and if you don't get the 10,000 hours reference, you need to read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell - it's inspiration to keep working on your craft)