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What Is Inspiration?

What Is Inspiration?

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Inspiration

In his book Peak, psychologist Anders Ericsson downplays the importance of native-born genius and emphasizes the importance of deliberate practice to perfect some skills.

However, after much-continued work and mastering technical skills, there are moments when the mind takes flight...

Moments of inspiration

Inspiration doesn't make sense when we think of it logically. Inspiration feels uncontrollable and irresistible.

When one becomes inspired, it feels like time changes its pace. The senses are amplified, and you may experience goosebumps or a feeling of being overawed by beauty. You may fee...

According to Vladimir Nabokov, inspiration comes in phases.

  1. Prefatory glow is the feeling of wellbeing that removes awareness of physical discomfort.
  2. An instant vision or lighting bolt of inspiration that forms the nucleus of a work that will g...

  • Inspired work stands separate from normal life. Inspiration is not driven by money or status but the work itself takes hold of a person.
  • Inspiration is not earned. It is a gift.
  • Inspiration is not something you can control.

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