Rediscover Inspiration


I always laugh at how early the buzz starts for HOW Design Conference, seems like only yesterday we were in Boston. Before we know it June will be here and another HOW conference upon us. I’m honored to have been asked to open and close the HOW Creative Freelance Conference in 2013. My talk titles are set and I’ve started the preparation already (it always feels weird to start this early).

The conference title “Rediscover Inspiration” is very pertinent for me this time of year. December has always been a big reflection month, as I’m sure it is for many. It’s a time to look at what got done (and didn’t) this year and what the hopes are for 2013.

If I had to be honest, the last couple years have been about deep rediscovery for me. I don’t think I’ve ever been as motivated and clear about my path as I am now, but it took a lot of pain and hard truth to flush that out. In the end if we want to “Rediscover Inspiration” we have to do the work. It can be hard, but we have to do the work.

A friend of mine said something a couple months ago that still stings a bit, he wasn’t referring to me but I certainly felt it. He said “That’s the problem, most talented people don’t want to work”. Ouch! But I think that statement holds true for a lot of creative people. To stay inspired it takes hard work, lots of work. To rediscover inspiration it takes some soul searching, sometimes going into places we don’t want to go. But most talented people don’t want to do the work, it’s easier instead to rely on ability.

If we want to rediscover inspiration we have to do the work. Darn.

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