Creativity Requires Practice

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“Genius arrives when you show up enough times to get the average ideas out of the way.” – James Clear

Creativity has little to do with inspiration and everything to do with practice. When you study some of the most successful, creative people who ever lived: Thomas Edison, Nicola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Stephen King or J.K. Rowling, at the heart of their creativity was the relentless practice of their craft. Every day they invented, tinkered, pondered, experimented or wrote. Their creativity was the fruit of countless hours of toil.

Creators don’t wait to be inspired to create. Rather, they forge ahead every day, practicing and honing their skills until that golden nugget of genius reveals itself. As Thomas Edison famously once said, “genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration.”

In order to create anything meaningful in life, you must go at it every day. Historians very rarely focus on the effort behind genius. And that’s too bad because true genius lies not in the result but in the effort that gives birth to the result. 

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
 
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