"What makes a good pianist different from a great pianist?"
Me: "How dedicated are they?"
"How dedicated are they?"
I live in Sacramento, California. We have so many hobbies around where I live: sports, outdoor life, coffee-drinking, nightlife... the concert-goers & the musicians, the teachers & the students, the entrepreneurs and the manual laborers, the athletes & the artists...etc. etc. etc. It's overwhelming to think of how many options we have. See, we have the luxury to decide on we dedicate ourselves to.
What does dedication require? First, time. Some of you may have considered "money" as the first requirement. As the old saying goes, time = money. How you use your time dictates how you use your money. Second, interest. Interest isn't fomented like time. You can't "earn" interest. You can't "buy" the desire to do something. To parents of piano students - you cannot force your child to want to do something. I will write a future post about my thoughts on developing interest.
That's it. Time + Interest = Dedication
"But where does talent come in?"
Not where but when.
Talent is like the horsepower to a car. It doesn't matter if you're driving a 1,479 horsepower'd Bugatti Chiron or a 150 horsepower'd Honda Civic; if you don't know how to start it or put it in gear, it's useless to drive. What if it's empty on gas? Realize, then, that talent is not part of the equation for a reason. It can add to the experience, but it is not fundamental to the idea of dedication.
If you have enough time and interest, you will produce dedication.
In conclusion, dedication is what is needed to be good at something. However, dedication is not passive, it is active, and it must be consistent. The longer you are consistent, the more successful you will become at your skill, art, hobby, whatever. It's not calculus. Time + interest = dedication. Dedication + consistency = success.