"You have to find a way of working that makes it dead easy to take full advantage of your inspired moments. They never hit at a convenient time, nor do they last long. Conversely… If youʼre looking at a blank piece of paper and nothing comes to you, then go do something else.” — Hugh MacLeod
Hugh MacLeod is one of my heroes when it comes to creating art and doing work that matters. He started a business by drawing on the back of business cards. He did it (for his own enjoyment) everyday until the world noticed. He’s now one of the most respected artists in the world.
But, what Hugh said about inspiration hit home. Whenever I have the so-called writer’s block, I usually try to force myself into creating something worthwhile. Not only is it a waste of time, but also a waste of my limited energy. It’s better to take a stroll, rest, or read a book during moments when you just don’t have it.
On the other hand, inspiration often hits you during inconvenient times—during commutes, in the bathroom, or while in your day job. You have to be able to capture it and make something meaningful out of it. I don’t always have a notebook, but I always have my phone which I use to take down notes or write blog posts.
Professionals know how to create even without inspirations. Some would even say, “Inspiration is for chumps.” But, real artists and professionals understand the importance of inspiration. It is during their inspired moments when they are able to connect deeply to their audience, their readers, or their customers. It is during their inspired moments when they are at their most human and their most vulnerable. It’s no wonder why the corporate world has mostly become a soulless institution. It forces workers to produce even when their hearts are not into it.
Besides, real artists and professionals know how to be inspired more often.