It's not enough to have talent. Acquire skills and be persistent.
Very valid. Especially as regards writing. Its not about how well you write but about about how consistently you write.
Absolutely...Get a picture in your head of the future you want, apply your skills, direct wisdom, and never give up.
Indeed, talent is one thing... It is in fact the "easiest" thing. Now skill, that is the real work. And consistency, that is the success of talent.