Bob Ross Quotes for When You’re Not Feeling Talented Enough
Although Bob Ross was a painter, art instructor, and television host, those weren’t the things that brought him fame and made him a pop-culture icon. It was his calming voice, his optimism, and his perm.
Not many people took his art seriously, which was okay with him. Bob Ross didn’t even sell his paintings, nor did he make any money on his show “The Joy of Painting,” which ran from 1983–1994.
Most of Bob’s income came from his company, Bob Ross inc, which sold art supplies, how-to videos, and had a group of traveling art instructors.
1. I guess I’m a little weird. I like to talk to trees and animals. That’s okay though; I have more fun than most people.
Bob was in on the joke.
He wasn’t the world’s greatest artist — lots of people didn’t even consider him an artist at all, but Bob didn’t let it stop him. He did what he loved, in a way that brought him joy and peace and created his own niche.
2. Talent is a pursued interest. Anything that you’re willing to practice, you can do.
Often, we get so caught up in being “the best” and “the most talented.” The funny thing is a lot of times; it’s not about being super gifted or knowledgeable — it’s about not giving up.
It’s about being kicked in the teeth but persevering, not caring what other people think, and when someone tells you you can’t do it, going ahead and trying anyway.
3. The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything as long as you believe.
When things aren’t as easy as you thought they would be or people aren’t as supportive of you, and you give up, you end all possibilities of things working out in your favor.
4. Believe that you can do it cause you can do it.
But if you stay in the game and keep going — even if you’re always on the bench, someday, an opportunity will reveal itself and then another one after, and it will keep going.
5. There’s nothing in the world that breeds success like success.
Bob Ross wasn’t a great philosopher or thinker. His ideas are pretty basic. He didn’t say anything profound or illuminating, but it’s easy to tell he believed in them with his whole heart.
Sometimes when we see people who aren’t the most talented and are, in fact, average or adequate, it’s a reminder for us to keep going. As one of my actor friends says when he sees someone not enormously talented, get a big break, “It’s a sign for me to keep at it[acting] for another five years.”
Not being a master artist and having people laugh at him didn’t stop Bob Ross from having a great life, financial success, and being the inspiration of a collectible figurine.
Don’t worry about if you’re the best; keep at it. Work at your art, stay in the game, and over time, you’ll get better, and the competition will drop out.
Learn from Bob, and create your own pathways, be ready to adapt and reconfigure that path, and be open to the unexpected. It will probably be the thing you didn’t plan for which will give you the greatest satisfaction and success.