“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” — Chuck Close
Most successful creations are the result of hard intellectual labor, a lot of thinking, and careful planning. Success is built on persistence and solving problems, not avoiding them. And that is harder than it might seem.
In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, psychologist and Nobel-prizewinner Daniel Kahneman explains how our brains work, the role of our unconscious, and the biases of intuition:
Most impressions and thoughts arise in your conscious experience without your knowing how they got there…We are often confident even when we are wrong, and an objective observer is more likely to detect our errors than we are.