Reflecting on Inspiration, Drive and Creativity

I came across another post with some great points on 37signals‘ blog, Signal vs Noise, that rang true for me.

Ignore cynicism. Do what you want, and love doing it.

The author ends that section with:

It was a much-needed reminder that the lifeblood of the Internet is still made up of respectful people who are wide-eyed and fiercely passionate about their work.

It’s hard not to be cynical about a lot of what you see going on these days in the industry. I’ll be the first to admit that I get caught up in the negative and find myself too absorbed in the nonsense. I suppose it’s human nature in many ways.

That said, when I’m in moments where I’m neck deep in inspiration and action, when I think of something that opens a completely new path for me or when I meet someone that’s doing something exciting and is purely driven by it, I find that energy to be better than any drug.

As I’ve gotten older I’ve come to realize how rare this can be. I crave it. I seek it out. More often than not, it happens with no explanation. But, I’ve learned that it’s one of the main things that drives me.

The second thing in the post that stood out was:

Work with people you admire, and spend some real, quality time with them.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. It’s tightly coupled with the point above. I’ve been thinking a lot about values lately. How they guide your decision making in business and in life. People are a big part of that. I would argue that for introverts that’s all the more important because interactions tend to mean more simply because there are fewer of them.

As we wind down 2012, I’m going to make a point of spending less energy on the cynicism and more on the ways to create those moments of inspiration.