In the imaginative and creative sphere it’s tempting to think that we can do “original” work largely through inspiration, talent, and earnestness.
In truth however, there is generally no originality in any field without a thorough knowledge of fundamentals and constant effort on applying those fundamentals to our work.
Seth Godin writes about originality and notes that “We become original through practice.”
Godin says that we have deluded ourselves into thinking that a “breakthrough springs fully formed, as Athena did from Zeus’ head. Alas, that’s a myth. What always happens (as you can discover by looking at the early work of anyone you admire), is that she practiced her way into it.”
Here’s a link to the article on Godin’s blog:
He has a search box on his blog that you can use to find additional articles on creativity and productivity.
— Dennis Mellersh