It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.
-Gertrude Stein, Everybody’s Autobiography
I know there are a lot of people out there who will look at the quote above and think it is some sort of justification for laziness, but as anyone who has ever struck out on a creative endeavor knows…doing nothing take a lot of work. Consider: if one doesn’t learn the secret to doing nothing, you will never learn how to let inspiration find you instead of always chasing after it like some starving beast. Then again, just because one learns how to do nothing, even if one spends a lot of time doing nothing…that alone, of course, does not a genius make.