The most important thing is insight,
that is… curiosity to wonder, to
mull, and to muse why it is
that man does what he does.
Talent is one of those things we often misjudge in our rush to ordain the next great artist, pop singer, athlete or actor, but rarely do we mistake someone with grit and determination to be lacking in talent. The person who wakes before first light in a quest to somehow satisfy their curiosity of how something is done, is the person who gains awareness of what is on the other side of the mountain.
It’s often as simple as putting one foot in front of another over and over . Yet the amount of repetition needed makes the assent a scary undertaking. Curiosity fuels repetition becoming the catalyst needed to make it up the shear face of the mountain to see what’s on the other side. It’s curiosity that gives us drive to awake each morning before anyone, allows us to place our foot upon the cold floor to stand and embrace the way forward.
Each swing of repetition challenges our notion of what is true and what is worth more repetition. Each repetition is somehow an acknowledgement to curiosity itself, that we are full of gratitude for it being in our life.
I’m not sure of the veracity of Faulkner’s quote, I think talent does make a difference, but only if it is forged in repetition as well. We can find talent strewn along the roadsides of life that never burned bright.
Complete Quote Used In The Video
“At one time I thought the most important thing was talent. I think now that — the young man or the young woman must possess or teach himself, train himself, in infinite patience, which is to try and to try and to try until it comes right. He must train himself in ruthless intolerance. That is, to throw away anything that is false no matter how much he might love that page or that paragraph. The most important thing is insight, that is … curiosity to wonder, to mull, and to muse why it is that man does what he does. And if you have that, then I don’t think the talent makes much difference, whether you’ve got that or not.
[Press conference, University of Virginia, May 20, 1957]” William Faulkner