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?