The Artist Engineer Podcast

I Got 99 Problems (But Inspiration Ain’t One)

June 29, 2022

Thomas Edison thought deeply about what drives invention or, as we call it today, innovation. One of his famous sayings, “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration,” stresses that innovation involves more than just great ideas.

Or to paraphrase Jay-Z, “I got 99 problems, but inspiration ain’t one.

In this special quarterly episode, your hosts Tony and Bill explore the topic of creativity (we could have called it innovation as well). We explore some common hurdles to creativity and suggest ways to overcome them. We discuss the challenge of how to maintain one’s imagination and open-mindedness over many years in pursuit of creativity. And throughout, we share some insights learned from our conversations with past guests.

Past episodes mentioned in this conversation you might enjoy:

Ron Diorio interview: Imagination + Productivity = Creativity (Nov 2020)

Grind+Eat+Pray - Ethan Richards interview (Nov 2020)

Sunil Garg Talks with us About Science, Art, Law and the Cosmos! (Dec 2020)

Fernanda Oyarzún interview: Sea Life and See Life (May 2022)

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