Thomas Edison is credited with saying that 'genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration'. George-Louis Le Clerc said that 'genius was only a greater aptitude for patience'. Thomas Carlyle thought of genius in terms of 'an infinite capacity for taking pains'. John Ruskin reported 'I know of no genius but the genius of hard work'. In recent times I have heard singer Ben Haggerty agreeing with these sentiments by asserting that 'the greats weren't great because at birth they could paint, the greats were great because they paint a lot'. It is too easy to say 'I could never do that', to feel sorry for yourself because you are not 'gifted'. I believe if you want something enough and are willing to graft, to put in the work and have a steely determination and self-belief you can achieve more than you ever imagined. It is too easy to be lazy, to play the victim. You are the creator of your own destiny, you and you alone. Do not allow others or circumstance to dictate to you, to determine your destination. Put in the work, feel the pain, suffer the setbacks, reap the rewards and feel the elation..
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; That is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
-Henry David Thoreau