Iris' wonderful blog, and really resonated with what she had to say.
i'm not really a great artist, or writer. It's just that i can't not do them, and work helps you improve.
A few years ago i read a book about writing by _______ Packard & ??. They told about feeling discouraged by a really talented individual they were in class with (read: this woman could write amazingly right away, while they were still struggling).
Fast forward a few years, and the Amazing Beginning Student had stopped writing. She'd gotten a couple rejection slips, you see. Whereas the authors, Packard & ???, had persevered & gotten published, even had series published.
Will hard work make you a genius? Nah. But you never know how far you can go until you try.
Sometimes persistence is just what it takes to get you to the mountaintop.