ISSUE-141

Some people believe that success in creative fields, such as painting, fiction writing, and filmmaking, primarily requires hard work and perseverance. Others believe that such success mainly requires innate talents that cannot be learned.


Write a response in which you discuss which view more closely aligns with your own position and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should address both of the views presented.



What are the most important qualities to be successful in the creative fields? Some people believe that talent is key to success in creative fields. However, as I see it, hard work and perseverance are more crucial.


First of all, we should not deny that to be successful in the creative field, talent plays a prominent role. To fully understand this viewpoint, we can start from the definition of "creative". The reason why something is considered "creative" is that it has not been done before. Since no one has ever done it before, there exists no experience and method, so it is impossible to learn. Thus if you want to do something "creative", talent is essential. For example, Picasso's cubist painting style completely broke the traditional principle of perspective. This kind of unprecedented creativity is inseparable from talent. The second reason is that there is no quantifiable indicator to measure whether a work of art is "creative". It often depends on the personal feelings of the evaluator. Hard work, by contrast, requires a direction and an implementable methodology. Therefore, the results created by "hard work" often follow the path of the previous ones, and thus can hardly be called "creative". For example, if I try to imitate a painter's painting, my result can be stunning, and even my painting can be sold for a high price. But unfortunately, this cannot be called "creative".


That said, we should not overlook the importance of hard work and perseverance. This is because creativity can be stimulated by acquired effort. It is true that creativity is something that has not been done before, but nothing can be created from nowhere, and many ideas emerge because of the great accumulation of writers and painters before. And this accumulation cannot do without hard work. For example, in the aforementioned Picasso's case, his cubism is indeed unprecedented. However, it is because of Picasso's deep understanding of traditional perspective that he was able to break the traditional perspective relationship in his cubist paintings.


Moreover, if one wants to achieve success in the secular sense, hard work is more valuable. Let's look at the definition of "success". The debate between talent and hard work depends on what kind of success one wants to achieve. If you want to start a new genre that will be known for centuries, then talent is more important than hard work. That's because in a world where there is already a wealth of results in every field, most things have been done by others. So if you want to make a breakthrough, you can only rely on talent. However, if you want to achieve worldly success, such as fame, money, and popularity, then talent plays a less important role, and more depends on the effort. Hollywood blockbusters, for example, are already an industry which follows a mature production flow. For Hollywood directors to make blockbusters, it is enough to follow the formula to write the script and hire popular actors. The key to the success of these works could hardly be said to be talent, and they are not even creative, but have won worldly success. For the director, all he puts in is the hard work of shooting and coordinating various processes. Another example is that, to be a famous pianist in contemporary times, one just needs to have the acquired hard work of practicing the works of predecessors, such as Bach or Mozart, to become a great piano performer. Talent will play a role in this, but the difference is that talented people can become pianists at a young age because their fingers are more flexible and their musical sense is more sensitive, while those who lack talent will eventually become pianists if they work hard, just a few years later.


In summary, talent is certainly important in the creative field, but hard work can inspire creativity, and hard work is more important than talent for achieving success in the secular sense.


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