A famous (and, of course, very talented) pianist, looking back at his life, once said: Sometimes I wished I hadn’t had so much talent. This way I might have earlier started serious practicing. And I might have earlier been able playing as good as I had the talent to play. Not just technically flawless, at times even brilliant. But playing with a heart. With a soul. While wrestling with adversities, troubles, weaknesses. I would have earlier been not just a good musician but a true human being: In need. In search. Suffering, not merely triumphant. And having something to tell about it. — That’s it: Talent is forceful, enabling, empowering. But also: Hindering. Plus – and very different from what some talents think – it’s hard work. Even more: It’s an obligation for hard work. It needs care, tending, pruning. It needs humbleness, self-reflexion, understanding.
So, talents, come on: Don’t waste your talent (and time) – grab yourself a good coach. To grow as good (a human being) as you have it in you to be.
Two Thornton Wilder sentences, from his novel »The Eighth Day«: