1925 - 2008
Sometimes being blessed with too much talent can have a negative impact on a person's creative output. If painting or writing comes too easily, the person may quit out of boredom. Or he may not work up to his potential because it requires so little effort. He doesn't push himself. Or if the talent is recognized early, expectations may be set so high by the powers that be that the person can not live up to the expectations.
If a person has to work hard to achieve great works of art, he may appreciate his accomplishments more. He knows the amount of effort that went into the work. He knows the obstacles he had to overcome.
So the key to success is not talent, but desire, hard work and persistence. If you have the desire, work hard to perfect your skill and keep going long after everyone else has quit, you will be a success.