Inspiration v. Perspiration

In January, we listened to Kyle Scheele talk about Making Things. During the talk, he mention this quote from artist, Chuck Close:

Inspiration is for amateurs - the rest of us just show up and get to work.

This statement is true on many levels. We live in a world that is full of inspiration but has very little work ethic. We all dream of being the next big thing, but few will do the work to get there. We see repeated instances of someone's video going viral, getting a million hits and becoming a media sensation, and we begin to look for the formula to do the same thing. Those cases are outliers. For every viral sensation, there are a million other videos that fall to the wayside. 

As we seek inspiration for our next big endeavor, we need to realize that the next endeavor will be as great as the amount of work we put in to it. Are we willing to sweat it out and do the hard work to get where we want to be? Are we willing to sit through hours of tutorial videos to learn the skills we need to create something amazing? 

The ones who have gotten to the "top of the mountain" know how hard they had to work to get there.

And they show up for work every day.