The Muse Is In: An Owner’s Manual To Your Creativity by Jill Badonsky is an important work on how to achieve the highest level of creativity despite environmental interference which can distract people from moving forward. To move forward, people must have their attention in focus on a few important items rather than spreading themselves too thin with many projects.
Badonsky believes that people with good ideas must have staying power in order to overcome a myriad of distractions which can take even the best people off focus. At bottom, people must learn to follow their creativity or the things they do best. Impliedly, each person needs to acquire the skills commensurate with the career or calling of his or her choice.
The creative call can be any number of endeavors including art, music, dance, or something as exacting as photography. There are some important traits people need to succeed, according to Badonsky. For instance, courage is needed to follow talent to where it leads. This process can be iterative with trial and error, as well as fumbling starts. The optimal state of mind requires more than a modicum of patience, focus, and willingness.
The author covers the surroundings requisite to success in the calling of your choice. At the top of the list of important items is solitude to do exacting and creative work. Even something as simple as breathing techniques can facilitate the process greatly.
The Muse Is In is an excellent book which instructs each of us on how to succeed in the career of our choice. Although the roadmap is different for each person, there are some common personal traits which are prerequisites for success in a multitude of disciplines and interdisciplinary callings. The author outlines in considerable detail what to do to succeed and how to prioritize creative work above competing tasks.