The first half of Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography makes some things abundantly clear:
He had no natural ability to play the guitar. In fact, after his first lessons, he quit, unable to play a note.
He had no singing talent. Every group he was part of needed a lead singer, and it wasn’t him.
And just about everyone dismissed him. Audiences walked out, his first agent simply stopped returning his calls and bandmates gave up and moved on.
Yet today, we know him and not that agent.
Talent is overrated. Skill is acquirable.
Showing up is important and something almost every creative leader has in common. In business, in the arts, in society. Consistently shipping the work, despite the world’s reaction, despite the nascent nature of our skill, despite the doubts.
Community is essential. The people we surround ourself with can reinforce our story, raise the bar and egg us on.
Because, the community becomes an integral part of our story of success. But first, we have to commit to the journey.
Working in the creative field opens up possibilities unlike anywhere else, like hearing this extraordinary conversation between Brian Koppelman and director Ron Howard.
PS: Photograph of a kid running in the waters of river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh, Anupshahr, India.