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Talent is Overrated

Back in April, illustrator Christoph Niemann gave a brilliant talk for the CreativeMornings series on talent, effort, and finding time to make awesome things.

My favorite takeaway (I’m paraphrasing here)…

Talent is overrated. It implies a natural gift. Great ideas are 87% effort, 7.5% luck, 0.5% talent and divine inspiration, and 5% staying off the internet for 90 consecutive minutes!

CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types.

Founded by Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swiss Miss, it started as a small gathering in New York City, and has since spread to six locations, with two more on the way. All of the lectures are available for free online.

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