I recently heard James Altucher say the following:
“I have to read a lot in order to write a little. If I’m going to write 2 hours worth of stuff, It’s almost like I have to read 10 hours worth of books.”
When I spoke with Jeff Tucker at ISFLC, he said he reads twice as much as he writes. For a man who publishes substantial pieces every single day, that’s a lot of reading. When I asked him why he reads so much, he said that creativity needs fuel.
Many of the most prolific creators I know are philosophers who spend lots of time engaging ideas.
Do you know what the cause of burnout is? Simple. It’s the result of paying too much attention to the process of providing light and too little attention to the process of igniting the flame that provides the light.
If you’re suffering from creative burnout or a lack of inspiration, it may be time to replenish the well. What you give is an extension of what you receive. It’s good to share what you have, but it’s necessary to keep making room for new forms of abundance if want to keep giving over the long term.
Keep inspiring the world, but don’t forget to take time to let the world inspire you too.