Talent and Work

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. (Emile Zola, 19th century French novelist)

Viewing an honored piece of art whether an oil painting, sculpture, or pottery, we often marvel at the gifted artist who produced the work. Listening to a classical pianist or accomplished violinist creates the same response. Obviously, the artists are gifted, but we recognize their work is the result of a lifelong habit of practice, involving an immense amount of hard work.

Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom (Ecclesiastes 9:10)