Commonplace: Semple.

January 28th, 2010


Real training means committing to the process: showing up at the keyboard or behind the lens or in the ring or on the rope, and doing it religiously, even when you’re tired, even when you’ve got nothing to say, even when it’s too cold, too hot, too hard.

People wish they had talent. They see it as a practice-free ticket to crowd-stunning skill. But talent doesn’t exist. “Talent” doesn’t get results; practice and devotion do.

Scott Semple


Updated, Thursday evening: Thanks to Semple himself for providing the link to the original — I’ve corrected it above. I originally came across his essay “The Talent Myth” on the Gym Jones site.


(Photo by lecercle, used under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.)

One Response to “Commonplace: Semple.”

  1. Scott Semple Says:

    The original article is here:


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