“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” ~Thomas Edison …
For much of my life I believed that inspiration was the key to success. I used to think writers were inspired with their words, that inventors and scientists where inspired with new inventions and discoveries, and that those who attained wealth, power, or fame, did so through some special inspiration that they came to discover. But as Thomas points out… the reality is much better. We do not need any “special” inspiration in our lives… all that is necessary is determination and a little elbow grease.
Inspiration will come to us throughout our lives, and that little spark that can start a fire. If we let it… it can send us out on our journey towards success. But we have to be ready to put in some serious effort, for once the inspiration is gone, all that is left is work. Generally, though, our journey will be one we have chosen, with a goal that we are driven towards. In this sense, it really is not work that we are doing, as the interests we embrace and accomplishments we realize, carry us on.
Inspiration is in all of us. And if we are quiet enough to listen for it, we can use it to find success in any part of our lives. But always remember… accomplishment does not just happen; it takes work.
Spend a little time today accomplishing something you are passionate about.
Questions to consider:
When was the last time you felt inspired? What caused this feeling?
How much work did you put forth to accomplish your goal?
How can you prepare your mind and heart to be fertile ground in which inspiration can prosper when you bring it into your life?
For further thought:
“I learned… that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic, striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.” ~Brenda Ueland