Elizabeth Gilbert on Creative Genius

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, talked at last week’s TED Conference about writers, their “genius,” and the expectations that we place on it. I know that Gilbert — or at least her last book — has a lot of fans. And that’s why I’m posting this here. Personally, I’m not so much a fan. She just doesn’t do it for me. But that’s just me … and so hopefully this work for you.



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  1. Robert Leslie Fielding says . . . | June 7, 2009 / 10:37 pm

    Elizabeth Gilbert’s talk on TED was so illuminating, wasn’t it?
    Thanks for the opportunity to make a comment. I appreciate it.
    Rob

  2. mike gibbowr says . . . | February 15, 2010 / 11:58 am

    Yes, showing up for your part of the job is where the Creative Process Starts… and then DOING what it is you DO, is what produces the Mona Lisa for which you will be long remembered. That is, after you have put in the hours, days, weeks, months and years of Mastering your Craft. Remember, Da Vinci was not an overnight sensation… he was an Artist Committed to his Craft wherein the CREATIVE PROCESS had a Skillful and Willing Participant. There are no short-cuts to a Masterpiece! Elizabeth Gilbert got it Right when she said… “Your part is Showing Up.” You do that with your Skill or Craft, and the Creative Element will take care of its self. The next thing to do… would be to pass this practical video clip along to your Creative Friends. I’m sure they’ll thank you for it.

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