I was translating a document in another language, then I saw this famous quotation from Will Smith that is provided here.
The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, who want to do things. Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft. - Will Smith
I don't exactly get the bold part, can anybody paraphrase it for me?
I have checked the Longman Dictionary and also Googled about that, but still, don't understand the meaning of "beating on your craft".
This is the results I found in the dictionary:
- Beat on/against/at etc: to hit against something many times or continuously.
example: Rain beating on the windows.
- Craft: the skill needed in a particular profession.
example: The musician spends years perfecting his craft.
I thought that maybe it means when you work and spend hours and hours you are gradually developing your skills like a blacksmith that makes a perfect sword with continuous beats of a hammer.
Is it true?