On the Eureka myth, and why I hate it. And likewise for all this inspirational crapshit out there. You have to put the hard work in.
(And in contrast to the author of the blog post, I do not think that we need to rethink creativity. The existing model works just fine. You have to put the hours in. Then you can relax at the fireside. Not beforehand.)
"In the film Hawking is seen staring at glowing embers in a fireplace when he has a vision of black holes emitting heat. In the next scene he is announcing to an astonished audience that, contrary to prior theory, black holes will leak particles, shrink and then explode. But that is not how his discovery happened. In reality, Mr. Hawking had been inspired not by glowing embers, but by the work of two Russian physicists.... Mr. Hawking had to perform difficult mathematical calculations... that showed, to his “surprise and annoyance,” that stationary black holes also leak."