W Somerset Maugham on Getting Things Done

This is one of my favorite anti-procrastination quotes of all time:

“I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.” — W. Somerset Maugham

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This is another way of saying Action Creates Motivation, a common and very true mantra in depression and procrastination self-help literature.

Don’t wait for inspiration (or motivation) as if it were something external to you and outside your control. Developing self-discipline and a “do it now, see what happens” attitude puts you squarely in the path of inspiration, motivation, creativity and serendipity.

W. Somerset Maugham’s work holds up very well, at least to my taste. His most famous novel, Of Human Bondage, is actually my least favorite of those I’ve read. But I adored The Razor’s Edge and Ashenden.

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