We ask where great ideas and creativity come from, not because the question itself matters, but because we want to go there in order to find more.
Reading Steven Pressfield’s take on the question prompted a visceral response with my own beliefs.
We are, in part, Divine, fashioned by a creator to be creators. Thus, creativity is built into us like a time-release capsule.
Except it’s not released by time. You can wait till the cows come home and if you don’t add the activating ingredient to the capsule, it will never release.
The activating ingredient is sweat.
The creativity already exists inside you. It takes work to get it out.
For some folks the capsules are larger or more easily activated or more powerful. But they still have to be activated.
For some the capsules are smaller or less powerful but they’re still there.
The sweat required to release a continual stream of capsules is enormous. Just as our cardiovascular system has more reserve when we’ve been exercising regularly, our creative system works better when we use it regularly and include good stretching, proper nutrition, and fair play. Building creative reserves this way means more creation with less sweat.