finding inspiration…

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21/08/2010 by Sarah Ritchie

Hmmm…it’s like Seth Godin and I are doing a Star Trek mind-meld thing…here is today’s blog offering from Seth. Maybe Seth should be a counsellor instead of a marketing genius! I am glad that – through this project – I am now challenging the fear and choosing to seek out inspiration…I was so guilty of “waiting for the muse to appear”.

It appears that my fourth canvas is not such a good one. The inspiration was certainly there, but the execution is not (a fault of skill, not determination). I am hoping future ones will be better, but the main thing is that I was the one seeking the inspiration – not waiting on my rump doing nothing – and the process of just simply “doing” has been a good lesson learned.



One approach to innovation and brainstorming is to wait for the muse to appear, to hope that it alights on your shoulder, to be ready to write down whatever comes to you.

The other is to seek it out, will it to appear, train it to arrive on time and on command.

The first method plays into our fears. After all, if you’re not inspired, it’s not your fault if you don’t ship, it’s not your fault if you don’t do anything remarkable–hey, I don’t have any good ideas, you can’t expect me to speak up if I don’t have any good ideas…

The second method challenges the fear and announces that you’ve abandoned the resistance and instead prepared to ship. Your first idea might not be good, or even your second or your tenth, but once you dedicate yourself to this cycle, yes, in fact, you will ship and make a difference…

This post is part of Sarah’s “Finding the Inspiration” series.
Click here for more inspired ideas!


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