Inspiration, Amateurs

Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work.

I love that quote so much via Chuck Close. Another one is via Pablo Picasso:

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.

So good. Steven Pressfield also has a few thoughts on inspiration and being a professional too. Okay. Okay. So, this is what I talked about on yesterday’s vlog:

But I wanted to expand a little on this in writing because I had a few more additional thoughts run through my head post-publication (which is almost always the case).

If you’re like me there are just some days where you struggle to do even the most basic of tasks. For whatever reason you just want to sit (or lie down) all day and stay in your head (as I like to call it).

A remedy that I’ve found for myself is to simply get up and start grinding on something. Sometimes this is aligned with something that I’m already working on, which is great, but sometimes it’s related to something entirely outside of what I normally do.

The most important part is that I get up and do something. And when I say “simply” I’ll admit that it’s not always that simple. Sometimes it takes a lot of courage and a lot of energy just to get up. Sometimes it feels like rolling a boulder up a hill.

But, it’s how I manage to continue to produce value, even when doing anything is the last thing that I’m interested in. I don’t wait for inspiration. I don’t wait for outside help (if I can manage it… sometimes I really do need outside help).

And, to be honest, these quotes listed above truly get me moving. I don’t want to be an amateur. I want to be a professional. I know that The Muse is waiting for me on the other side, I just have to show up. I don’t wait to be in the right mood.

I get up. Physically and mentally and spiritually. And I march.