What It Takes To Be Creative


One word.  Discipline.

Stop worrying about finding the Muse, about waiting for that perfect idea, that mythical moment of inspiration that doesn’t really exist.

The hard work of pumping out ideas for 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes – start wherever you are right now and build.  Build from 50 words, 100 words.   Commit to doing it, every day, and then commit to growing it.

The only way to have good ideas is to have lots of ideas.  But if you wait for the perfect idea, you are missing the daily opportunities to produce the kind of volume that fosters genius in the first place.

Look closely at your heroes.  Research what they have to say about inspiration and perspiration.  About showing up.  About grind and hustle.  About doing the work.  None of them – NONE – rely on that spark in the middle of the night.  Although it does come every once in a while, you have to fill the rest of your time making the perfect conditions for her arrival.

So set a timer and go.

Check out this week’s episode here.

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