In honor of the fact that I’m at Lollapalooza right now (wooooo!!!!), here’s a great video of Sunday night headliner, Jack White, talking about the work behind creativity:
“Inspiration and work ethic — they ride right next to each other…. Not every day you’re gonna wake up and the clouds are gonna part and rays from heaven are gonna come down and you’re gonna write a song from it. Sometimes, you just get in there and just force yourself to work, and maybe something good will come out.”
I think it’s really enlightening to hear about the obstacles he throws in his own path in order to push himself into a creative state of mind: “constriction to force ourselves to create.”
Thanks to Maria Popova, from the super-cool blog Brain Pickings, for sharing this video, as well as a letter on this same subject of “inspiration and work ethic,” by the legendary composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:
Tchaikovsky on Work Ethic vs. Inspiration | Brain Pickings.
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