In an interview with Hester Lacey for FT online’s The Inventory, Eric Idle weighs ambition against talent. Sometimes we get these two things confused. We associate ambition and talent with success, but each person’s definition of success is different.Success in today’s world means the ability to make money, and lots of it. Sometimes talented people make lots of money doing what they love to do.
Eric Idle is one of those people, but he seems to have a firm grasp on the difference between ambition and talent. Idle says that ambition is uninteresting, probably because of the numerous untalented people in reality television shows and television sitcoms.
According to Eric Idle of Monty Python, The Rutles and Spamalot fame:
“Talent is always more interesting – ambition is not interesting. If you have talent, you have to find ways of expressing it but you may not be a success in the world’s terms.”
Take a look at the top ten television shows according to Nielsen ratings and think what is new and different and unique about the line-up of the top ten shows on cable television for February 11 2013.
|1||BIG BANG THEORY, THE||CBS||10.7||17,886|
|2||PERSON OF INTEREST||CBS||9.1||14,872|
|3||TWO AND A HALF MEN||CBS||8.4||13,690|
|7||2 BROKE GIRLS||CBS||6.9||10,903|
|8||MIKE & MOLLY||CBS||6.5||10,504|
Talent isn’t always rewarded monetarily, so if your definition of success is making lots of money, then you might be confusing talent with ambition. Talent is doing something that you are good at, doing it for the love of it and even when you are not making money, still doing what you love because you love it. Some of the best writers wrote one or two books, but didn’t make a lot of money, the same holds true for artists and dancers and painters.