You know those people who produce more than you? Yes, those people. How do they do it? I'm supplied with the same raw materials, the same number of hours in a day, how do they do more with them?
How does he have the time to paint? He co-founded and works at a demanding startup. He has an active family. How does he do it?! We're not that dissimilar, ignoring things like amazing artistic talent of course. Or her. How does she juggle running product design at that company, manage a newborn at home, and publish amazing blog post after amazing blog post after amazing blog post.
What do these people have that I don't? It's not smarts or talent. Time? Do they have more time than me? No, that's not it, they're busy too. Do they sleep less than me? I can safely say no, no way in hell they sleep less than me. Are they more inspired? I'm over-inspired, I don't think that's it either. What is it that they're doing a better job of compared to me?
For people who produce, who consistently execute, inspiration is not a reagent, it's not a raw material ultimately transformed in to something else. Experiences, talents, and ideas, those are their reagents. Inspiration is their catalyst. It triggers the reaction. When inspiration strikes, these individuals act on it, swiftly. They pour it over their past experiences, the talents they have, the ideas they've gathered, and stuff happens. A painting is created. A blog post is published. An open source repository is pushed.
Those people have the same things I have, they're just better at starting the reaction, pouring the catalyst over the reagents, at the precise time the opportunity presents itself. They don't wait, they act immediately. That's the difference.
Last night, a stranger on Twitter reached out and said something to me.