If you do nothing, nothing happens


If you want to be creative: you’re better off doing things than waiting around for inspiration to strike.

Too many people say they want to think more creatively—they want to have ideas for making money, turning their art into their livelihood, or how to have an impact—but end up doing little to nothing because they wait around for inspiration to strike. If you wait for the perfect idea you’ll end up with nothing.

On the other hand, something I’ve learned over my years is that if you take a chance and put in just a little work, you’ll get so far ahead of everyone else. While they’re waiting to be inspired by something (they don’t know what) you’ll have already learned more than enough to keep the ideas coming.

Doing nothing teaches you just that: nothing. But when you try something, when you dabble and experiment, you learn. You learn what might not work and what makes you feel good. You learn where creative energy might come from and what pulls it out of you.

Of course you have to find time to step back and reflect on whatever it is you do, but as my old peer Jez Burrows once said: if you do nothing, nothing happens.