Bernie Anderson
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Inspiration is Overrated: Creativity Means "Do"


Creativity is not a muse.

It's not inspiration or ingenuity or genius.

The idea of "born creative" is completely wrong.

People think the ability to write or paint or make music is something you either have, or you don't have. Science would tell us otherwise.

If you have an interest in writing, write. Painter? Then paint. Sing? Play an instrument? Write songs? Do it.

You and I can learn how to anything from create a spreadsheet to deliver a baby to play the bagpipes on YouTube. (No Joke. One of my best friends learned how to deliver a baby on YouTube. And delivered his second child at home.)

The tools are there and are at your disposal. The only thing lacking is your interest and desire. I don't care to know how to deliver a baby. But, I might want to learn to play the bagpipes one day.

The issue is not inspiration. The muse shows up when we show up to do the work. There is no creative genius without a lot of grunt work leading up to that point.

Do not despise the days of grunt work.

The issue is "do".

Do. Or not do. There is no try.
— Yoda