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Carnegie Hall

They say that anyone can do anything. It is only a question of how hard they work. But is it a matter of practice? What about talent? Can I learn to do something I have no talent for? I always wanted to learn how to draw. People tried to teach me, I bought many books, but nothing seemed to help. I became desperate, until one day I found a book called “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”. I tried the exercises and was still quite skeptical about them. Then, there was an exercise where I had to place Picasso's drawin

  1. Anyone can do anything.

  2. Practice alone is not enough. You must have a method, a system that works for you.

  3. Talent is a complicated matter and I will have to write about it some other time.

All the drawing methods that I had tried might have helped millions of people, but they were useless for me, no matter how hard I practiced. I had to find the one way that worked for me. It is the same with my students: whatever works for one, will not necessarily work for another.

So next time someone tells you the old joke about the tourist in New York who asks a person on the street : “How do you get to Carnegie hall?”

Don't just answer “practice, practice...” but rather “practice in a way that works for you”.

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