This is something I greatly believe in. To master any skill, it doesn't take pure talent, it takes obsession and dedication. This theory, brought up by Malcolm Gladwell explains through studies, that the elite all have something in common, roughly 10,000 hours dedicated to the skill they are said to be masters at.
His book, The Outliers, The Story of Success, explains through many case studies how some of the most prolific minds of our day, like Mozart, Bill Gates, etc. created their "empire" because of the amount of underlying work they've put in dedicated to that field. Bill Gates had been sneaking out programming for a decade before he built Microsoft.
An artist that many people talk about when it comes to dedication is and artist known online as Mindcandyman (Jonathan Hardesty). His story is an excellent example showing a journey of someone in their mid 20's "not having any talent" in art grow to completely support his family with his dream. His full story can be seen here:
As far as Malcolm Gladwell's book is concerned, if his theory sounds interesting to you, you can listen to his book playing the 4 parts below. (Posted on youtube by Stephen Cronin):
Part 1 of 4:
Part 2 of 4:
Part 3 of 4:
Part 4 of 4:
I still have a long way to go, but I will continue to bust my ass till I get there...