“I Can’t Post This Status Because It Doesn’t Have Any Likes”

That’s a quip Isaac Morehouse uses to capture the futility of waiting on inspiration before getting started on creative work.

Being inspired is like having friends. If you use it as a prerequisite for doing the stuff you want to do, you’ll constantly miss out on awesome opportunities. If you just say “screw it” and do what you want to do with or without an accomplice, an accomplice will always join you somewhere down the road….after you get started, after you build some momentum on your own.

Chuck Close wrote, “Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work.”

On the surface it sounds like tough love, but it’s really just a simple matter of cause and effect: If you want the muse to whisper her secrets in your ear, you have to flirt with her first. She’s not going to make her move until you make your move. If you want creative ideas to speak to your mind and sing to your heart, then start moving with your feet and working with your hands.

Inspiration is the effect, not the cause, of doing your work.

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TK Coleman is the Education Director for Praxis. He has coached dozens of young people and top performers from all stages of life. He’s the author of hundreds of articles and is a frequent speaker on education, entrepreneurship, freedom, personal growth, and creativity. TK is a relentless learner, has been involved in numerous startups, and has professional experience ranging from the entertainment to financial services industries and academia. Above all else, TK is on a mission to help people embrace their own power and expand their own possibilities.