How The Greats Were Great

A life lived for art is never a life wasted

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The greats weren’t great because at birth they could paint.
The greats were great cause they paint a lot.

That’s from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s song “Ten Thousand Hours,” which has a nice little chorus to it, too:

Ten thousand hours felt like ten thousand hands
Ten thousands hands, they carry me
Ten thousand hours felt like ten thousand hands
Ten thousands hands, they carry me

Macklemore references Malcom Gladwell in the song, which is inspired by the author’s book Outliers, in which Gladwell makes the claim that it takes 10,000 hours of practicing one’s craft to master it.

Macklemore wants to be a great rapper. I want to be a great storyteller — journalism, fiction, screenwriting, all forms. You want to be great at something, too. I think we all do, deep down. It’s easy to get discouraged. Success only comes easy if we’re lucky, and if it comes too easily, then really, that’s only going to stunt our growth as whatever we’re trying to become.

So work on.