Do you agree with this?

“We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.”
-Frank Tibolt

Frank Tibolt (1897-1989) was a writer, motivator and success trainer. His most famous work is “A Touch of Greatness” which many in the self-help industry consider as one of the most inspiring and potent self-help books of all time.

I think Mr. Tibolt meant is to not sit on your butt waiting for inspiration. You need to get going. See my post on Goethe.

My experience is that I’ll see a problem and get a spark of inspiration to do something about it and solve the problem. A problem for one person is an opportunity for me. I get inspired to start the process of researching patents and existing products, generating sketches and CAD models, and eventually prototypes.

Other times I’m working on trying to solve a problem but I get nowhere. I stop thinking about the problem and do something else. It’s usually when I’m doing some sort of physical work and out of the blue when I’m not thinking of about it, I get a flash of inspiration for a solution to try. The idea just hits me. Like a lifhtning flash of inspiration in my otherwise dormant mind.

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