My mother taught me that to feel good about my work I needed to practice developing talents. It really only matters that you practice something. If you enjoy music, practice an instrument until you master it. For those who enjoy drawing, start with a coloring book, then a sketch pad, and learn practice drawing. When you want to feel at home in the kitchen, practice making new dishes as often as possible. Just remember this quote:
“The master has failed more time than anyone has ever tried.”
Practice Developing Talents In The Kitchen
I love cooking. My first real experiment involved putting cheese in a tortilla. While that might sound like a quesadilla, I would roll it like a burrito. To make it more my own, I also poured a thin layer of barbecue sauce in it, and microwaved it. Since then I learned to grill it, and add a meat to create a delicious chimichanga. But I wanted to make something my own, and that first weird experiment worked!
Almost one out of five in the kitchen, I create a disaster! The first time I tried to make teriyaki sauce, I made something so sweet no one could eat it! My first fried chicken turn out more like greasy charcoal! After practicing time and again, I finally got the hang of making some pretty amazing recipes.
Practice Developing Musical Talents
When I turned about seven or eight, my mom insisted that I learn to play the piano. She fought and fought me to practice at least thirty minutes every day. Whenever I felt like quitting, she would simply sit me down and have me play some more. About six years later, my piano teacher went on a religious mission, and my mom told me I could quit. But by then, I could literally play almost anything I could get music for. I would also practice for forty-five minutes to an hour on one or two pieces. Quitting seemed stupid at that point, my mom had developed that talent in me.
I continued on, picking up a trombone, guitar, and even a little recorder to keep learning music. Practice become something enjoyable the better I got. The more I practiced, the more I enjoyed myself. Now, I love nothing more than to sit down at our piano and just play anything I feel like.
Practice Developing Drawing Talents
Ever since my childhood, I wanted to learn how to draw my own pictures. Even more, I wanted them to look exactly like the images in my imagination. To date, my characters still look like rough sketches, but you can at least tell what they might look like if you look at them from the right angle.
I speak to a few friends all the time about their artistic talent, and they all tell me the same thing. They all began young, and drew something or several pieces every day of their lives. A couple of my favorite artists, Kannel and Sam, even began monetizing their work. I enjoy speaking to them about it, and maybe someday I might even try posting one of my own pieces online. Though I doubt I’ll ever make a living at that.
Planning Talents You Want To Develop
To learn a new talent, you first need to figure out what exactly you want to do. For example, I would like to learn theatrical makeup. Once you figure it out, you can start by looking at others who already do it well. I found about eighteen examples of makeup artists on Instagram, who do exactly the type of art I want. Finally, explore their creative process, and begin imitating that until you begin to develop your own.
What talents do you have that you’ve developed? Tell me about how you practice developing talents in the comments below!
I grew up in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, México, where people either owned cattle ranches or fruit orchards. Much of my work ethic came from working on Rancho La Mesa (my family’s ranch). That ranch also sparked what grew into my wild imagination.