Show Up and Get to Work

Adrian S. Potter
3 min readMar 31, 2024

“Inspiration is for amateurs…”

Photo by Conor Samuel on Unsplash

The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

Chuck Close was an influential artist known for his photorealistic portraits. Despite facing physical challenges due to a neurological condition, Close developed innovative techniques, including using grids and intricate patterns, to create large-scale portraits characterized by intricate detail.

His work often explored the relationship between perception and representation, challenging traditional notions of portraiture. Close’s art has been exhibited in prestigious museums worldwide, earning him widespread acclaim and recognition. Beyond his artistic achievements, Close’s resilience in overcoming personal obstacles and his dedication to his craft inspires many.

He remains a seminal figure in contemporary art, leaving a profound legacy that continues to influence generations of artists. Close’s quote -

“Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work.”

- carries a powerful message about the importance of dedication, consistency, and hard work in achieving success. Let’s break down its deeper meaning and explore what it implies for individuals striving to…



Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·