Stop waiting for inspiration. This is something new to me, but it is profound. In Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind, by Jocelyn K. Glei, she makes the point that when you wait for inspiration to strike to do anything, you will not get anything done. The fact is, “the greatest enemy of creativity is nothing more than standing still.”
When I think of some of the most creative people to influence the world, Mark Twain, Picasso, and Steve Jobs are who come to mind. What do a writer, painter, and entrepreneur have in common? They never stopped creating.
When Mark Twain was writing The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, he hit a block for 2 years because his “tank was dry.” Instead of quitting, he went on to another project. When he went back to his story, he found his tank was filled back up. Picasso has an estimated 50,000 pieces of art. When Steve Jobs was fired from his own company at Apple, he went on to create NeXT, became CEO at Pixar and eventually took back Apple. These guys did not sit around, and not all of their work was amazing. But they created, nevertheless.
When you stop waiting for inspiration and just get to work, you actually create an atmosphere for inspiration to strike. Inspiration happens when are in a creative space. This space can be at the coffee shop, the library, a friend’s house, the park…anywhere where you can do work, be there. Don’t stay where you are at, or you will do nothing.