Many people ask me: ‘why are you a success?’ I am always ready to give an answer. It is because of how good I am, I say. That’s the only thing that matters: being good, having talent, and relying on a rock-solid financial and emotional support network maintained by the selfless commitment of others for the duration of your life.
It is all about my talent. Talent above all! Everything I have achieved I have earned entirely by myself and by my own merits, especially those that were nourished by the apparently limitless disposable income courtesy of my parents
Music lessons, instruments, maintenance costs, audition fees, competitions, recordings, photos, summer schools, travel costs- how did I pay for all this? As my nanny says, it’s just what happens for talented kids!
This is why I find it so distasteful to see professional musicians talking about money rather than their art. Since when did money ever come into the picture, for me? I’ve gone my entire life without ever being aware of the bottomless hole of expenditure my musical activity represented to all the adults around me every day. Why would you want to think about such things?
Did I depend on a government hand out? Did I get anything I did not deserve? No! A thousand times no! I earned it all myself, through my talent. I never asked for more than what I took for granted.
Some people ask me if I think it is possible for poor people to succeed based on their talent. Well, of course I do! That’s a perfectly sound theory. I met a poor person in boarding school once. He spent so long in the practice room that I couldn’t help but notice him. So you see, they really can achieve their wildest dreams.
That being said, not everyone has talent, and for those that don’t, they are probably not going to be able to get it. It all comes down to what you are born with: innate abilities, instinctive gifts, and all the social capital that comes with inherited wealth.
Some things simply cannot be taught.