How persistence can help you find that ever elusive muse
“GENIUS IS 1% INSPIRATION AND 99% PERSPIRATION!”
When it comes to finding your muse, it is important that you do not allow yourself to give up to easily. Being persistent and refusing to give up until you get things right can pay off creatively. Most of the world’s great inventions and works of art are the result of dedication and hard work by their creators who pursued their ideas with dogged persistence.
The Persistent Payoff
“If at first you don’t succeed, keep on sucking ‘til you do suck seed” –Curly Howard
When it comes to finding you muse, giving up after the first or second go around is the worst thing that you can do. Just because inspiration does not come to you with a flash or bang, does not mean that it never will. Sometimes, you need to just keep going at it until it does finally hit you like a softball bat of creativity to the back of the head.
The universal cartoon symbol for when a great idea strikes is a lit up light bulb. This in part is homage to one of the greatest inventions of the Twentieth Century as well as to its inventor: Thomas Edison. Edison once said that “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”, and you would think that the man who had a hand in creating many of the modern world’s most important inventions including the electrical generator, the motion picture camera, the phonograph, and of course, the incandescent light bulb would know a thing or two about where genius came from. Edison’s idea for a light bulb did not come to him and his team overnight; it took years of trial and error before they found right combination of carbon filament and gas filled vacuum tube that would light up safely and last longer than a few hours.
In order to find your own muse, you need to be persistent in your pursuit of it. Just because you are not hit with a great idea on the first day, the second day or even the third, fourth or fifth day, do not give up. You need to keep tackling the subject from different angles until that “Eureka!” moment finally hits. It is also important to be patient and to not let the lack of creative inspiration bother you, sometimes if you just let yourself relax into the problem, it will finally hit you, just like the idea to use bamboo as a filament in his light bulb struck Edison while he was on a fishing trip in Wyoming.