That Extra Fifteen Percent

Film maker David Puttnam, famous for making Chariots of Fire and Midnight Express, is reputed to have said, of artists, that some have the fundamental shortcoming of not being able to summon that crucial, decisive, extra fifteen percent of effort required to transform good work into something exceptional.

There are some artists that expect to show up, wing it and get buy on their raw talent alone.  Those that think they have a Midas touch may never put in the hard work to perfect their art and their craft.

In musing about this he asks rhetorically, “Is it too hard, is it too challenging?”  Is it that some artists are reasonably contented guys that don’t think it’s worth putting themselves through that amount of pain?  He goes on to say, “But the difference between good and great is that last fifteen percent and the really great artists aren’t artists who have one bright, brilliant moment in their lives.”

How will you go that extra fifteen percent in your art?


About tropicaltheartist

You can find out more about me here: There aren’t many people that exist in that conjunction of art, design, science and engineering, but this is where I live. I am an artist, a musician, a designer, a creator, a scientist, a technologist, an innovator and an engineer and I have a genuine, deep passion for each field. Most importantly, I am able to see the connections and similarities between each field of intellectual endeavour and apply the lessons I learn in one discipline to my other disciplines. To me, they are all part of the same continuum of creativity. I write about what I know, through my blogs, in the hope that something I write will resonate with a reader and help them enjoy their own creative life more fully. I am, in summary, a highly creative individual, but with the ability to get things done efficiently. Not all of these skills are valued by the world at large, but I am who I am and this is me. The opinions stated here are my own and not necessarily the opinion or position of my employer.
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