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On Inspiration

How your best work might come from getting away from work

Good ideas are hard to come by, but I find I’m often looking in the wrong places.

When I’m trying to develop new ideas, sitting at my desk staring at my computer (and all the world’s distractions) seems to be the worst place. Instead, I like to prime my mind by writing down whatever thoughts I have on the topic and then trying to ruminate as I go about life.

I’m inspired by stories of brilliant people coming up with ideas at surprising times:

Of course, this method can be abused. I had a classmate in grad school who used to use “you can’t force inspiration” as an excuse to never do any work. I try to balance these anecdotes with Stephen King’s proverb: “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

Last updated on Feb 09, 2024 21:05 -0500