Is it witchcraft or pure chance?

The painter Vincent Van Gogh, in a letter to his brother said:

“[…] at the time when you spoke of my becoming a painter, I thought it very impractical and would not hear of it. What made me stop doubting was reading a clear book on perspective, Cassange’s Guide to the ABC of Drawing, and a week later I drew the interior of a kitchen with stove, chair, table and window—in their places and on their legs—whereas before it had seemed to me that getting depth and the right perspective into a drawing was witchcraft or pure chance.”

It’s interesting that one of the greatest painters the world has ever known would write something like this.

We probably thought that he was always a good painter. But even Van Gogh had to start somewhere. This letter proved it. He wasn’t always a great painter. He trained for it. He learned some of the basics from a book.

He even thought having perspective in drawings was “witchcraft or pure chance”. Until he learned how to do it.

It seems eerily similar to magnetism and charisma.

It seems like it’s magic. Or people are born with it.

But no. Not at all.

It’s training, just like everything else.

You can see an example in Demosthenes. One of the greatest public speakers of ancient Greece. What most people don’t know is that he was born with a speech impairment and was ridiculed in his first few speeches.

But through a lot of training, perseverance and determination he became the worlds greatest – at that time.

I’m sure it took time and effort. Just like it will also take time and effort to become magnetic.

There’s no way around that.

But even the greatest painters, musicians, speakers had to start somewhere.

The same with magnetism and charisma. You can start with the course:
>>> 10 Steps to Inner Power

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