Disclaimer: Best and successful are not synonymous. Success also includes luck- a completely different topic.
Chef’s Table on Netflix is one of my favorite shows ever. Chefs are incredible artists. The show had me thinking about how the chefs are so intuitive and connected to their craft. It made me wonder if you could become one of the best chefs in the world through training or if it required an innate quality. On a broader level, can anyone become the best at anything or does natural talent prevail?
Becoming the best takes work and dedication and time and tears and sacrifice. But I think there is a quality that someone has to have to be the best. It’s not necessarily a skill. Maybe it’s a sense of longing, of desperation. If you don’t care enough, on the deepest level, you can’t be the best. It’s not in me to want to be the best violinist in the world. I can’t create that within me. It wouldn’t be genuine. It would be for fame or money or attention. Not for a deep rooted desire to explore the boundaries of the violin, of music. So no matter how hard I tried, I wouldn’t be the best.
Any skills can be learned. Practice works wonders. But a desire, if not a need, is either in you or it’s not. That’s the only way you’ll be the best. Because the best don’t work rationally, there’s no logical reason for becoming the best. They can do it because their sense of self does not exist without their craft. And as they self-realize through discipline and struggle, they inherently become the best. It’s not forced, it’s natural.
Two people could take all the same steps towards the same goal. But the best will create things from one and one that are greater than two.