A barometer for inspiration

Inspiration fuels aspiration. Without inspiration, we relax on our laurels and accept things the way they are.

There’s no lack of material to serve as motivation. It can be found everywhere and in different formats: Pinterest quotes, posters, coffee mugs, and biographies.

But a surfeit of inspiration porn can backfire. Seeking too much of it can descend into inaction and stagnation.

The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.

Chuck Close

If we aspire to be an artist, we must sit our butts down and grind it out. This means acting like a professional. No one’s going to pity the artist that skips practice and doesn’t ship their work.

In order to do the work, we have to convert inspiration into persperiation.

All forms of stimulus are temporary, just like coffee. They are also misleading.

A role model can help drive people to be consistent and push through the hard times, but their words never guarantee success.

No one is always inspired as they are in a Hollywood script. Those who sit down and show up daily and grind it out are far more likely to increase your chances of snatching the pellets than those wishing it so.

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