#1413 Endless Effort

Is a Force (Kinda Like Speed Is a Force)

In our last +1, we spent some time reviewing my notes from one of my recent coaching sessions with Phil Stutz.

As you may recall, we were talking about the power of showing up and DOING THE WORK.

We quoted Picasso to make the point.

As we’ve discussed, Picasso was one of THE most prolific human beings EVER. As Mel Robbins tells us in her great book The 5 Second Rule, he created nearly 100 masterpieces in his lifetime. And… He created a total of more than 50,000 (!!!) works of art.

That equates to two pieces of art, on average, EVERY SINGLE DAY.

How’d he do that?

Endless effort.

Which, for the record, Phil says is a force.

We’ve talked about the fact that “Speed Is a Force.

Well, Phil tells us that “Endless Effort” is ALSO a Force.

Back to Picasso.

He knew that: “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

After that Picasso gem, I shared Steven Pressfield’s wisdom from The War of Art.

He tells us, I repeat: “Someone once asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. ‘I write only when inspiration strikes,’ he replied. ‘Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.’”

Know this: Pressfield’s ENTIRE series of books on the subject of tapping into your creative potential basically come back to the SAME THEME.

(Check out our Notes on The War of Art, Do the Work, Turning Pro, Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be and The Artist’s Journey.)

His ultimate message is simple: Create the conditions through which something much more powerful than your little “self” can do the work you’re here to do.

In Falling Upward, Richard Rohr quotes his friend Desmond Tutu to make the same point when he tells us: “We are only the light bulbs… Our job is just to remain screwed in!”

That, as you may have noticed, my dear Heroic friend, is EXACTLY the point of all of OUR work together.

Our Job with a capital “J”?


Create the conditions through which something much bigger than our little selves can show up and shine through us.

Or, as we like to say using our Big 3 vernacular: Know who you are and how you show up when you are at your best in your Energy, your Work, and your Love.


THAT is how we will make our LIVES a masterpiece we’re proud of.

When shall we do the most important work of our lives?



Let’s show up and do the HARD work to be our best, most Heroic versions of ourselves as we remember that Endless Effort Is a FORCE, Hero!!!

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