Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.Chuck Close
Inspiration strikes when you do the work, not when you wait for it to come.
Seeking inspiration is an excuse for inaction. It’s the reason why so many of us start but never finish.
What you need instead of inspiration is a willingness to be ruthless and consistent about an idea.
Productive people are a bit mad and selfish for a reason. They don’t want to wait for the rest of the world to push them or agree with them. They want to make their own contributions right now.
This present moment is all we have. The more you do in it, the more you have to play with and refine. The endless need for output and perfection are true inspirations that drive the need to ship something that matters.
We often define “smart” at how good someone is at memorization, learning, and standardized tests.
But the real world requires alternative intelligence, and most importantly, meaning.
What motivates you? Is it the grades, money, the autonomy, the ease or challenge of the job?
Passion pushes intelligence to a level beyond knowing what everyone else knows. Passion spurs innovation, creativity, and deliberate deviation from the norm.
Why do what everyone else is doing when you can change the odds?
“Most men die at 25… we just don’t bury them until they are 70.” – Benjamin Franklin
Stay motivated and work on stuff that interests you. That’s intelligence.
Shrinky Drink 2 & 3 (2011)
Jasper Johns on mashing up images:
“Do something to it, then do something else to it.”