I recently had a conversation on Twitter with someone regarding talent; more specifically, is creativity a talent, and are some individuals born more creative than others? Well . . . after performing some research, I have discovered that many experts like John Paul Garrison, PsyD, a clinical and forensic psychologist in Roswell, Georgia, believe that not only is creativity innate, but it also appears to be inheritable. You can read his thoughts on the Healthline website.
There are a couple of points to remember, however: (1) just because someone is born with talent doesn’t mean they have the motivation to take full advantage of said talent; and (2) you can be extremely competent at something without having the innate ability—if you’re willing to work diligently. For example, a writer may never win a Nobel Prize in Literature, but that doesn’t mean they are incapable of earning a comfortable living from their writing.
Conversely, you might have a creative activity you really enjoy but are not gifted (naturally talented) enough to make a career out of it. The same could be true for someone in your circle of influence. Therefore, you may have to acknowledge the obvious and make necessary corrections to goals or plans; however, before you tell someone else the cold hard truth, you may want to read my post “Do We Really Want the Truth?”
With all that being said, whether you are a gifted artist, or just enjoy being creative, embrace the ability to express yourself. And if you have children, friends, relatives, or a partner that engages in creative endeavors, make sure to encourage them consistently, even if such pursuits never go beyond the level of a hobby.
“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith” (Romans 12:6, King James Version).
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