In a world more and more free from the rigid timetables of the industrial revolution, work motivation has become a hot topic of business researchers.
If you worked in a factory at the turn of the century, it didn’t matter much how internally motivated you were to work. You show up, you stand in your spot, and you push the button. Or fold the clothes, or install the bolt. The same thing every day.
Now more and more people are facing the age-old writer’s dilemma in their work:
“My work requires inspiration, which I stumble upon at seemingly random times.”
Whether an Ancient Greek waiting on his Muse or a millennial browsing Twitter, this inevitably leads to a lot more time spent looking for inspiration and a lot less time working.
William Faulkner, the American Nobel Prize winning author of A Rose for Emily and other short stories, says this:
I only write when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes at nine every morning.
The quote has several variations and I like this one best:
I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.
Amateurs wait for inspiration to strike. Professionals make it strike.
See to it that you’re inspired this morning.