Not “genius,” just hard work

I can’t find a link to this story on the local television station’s website, but I’m going to mention it anyway.

The local ABC news reported last night on a University of Arkansas professor’s findings that artistic genius isn’t that at all. Instead, plain old “hard work” and “practice” result in great artists.

Practice and hard work is definitely important, but it isn’t all that goes into a successful artist. Certain people, I’d argue, are predisposed to creative lifestyles. No one will argue that people are different. Some are good at hard facts, some at visioning. Some are gifted with hospitality, others at crafting. Like I’ve recently noted on the blog, one natural talent isn’t better than another, just different.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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