Elizabeth Gilbert: 3 Ways to Face Creative Productivity Fears

Love these thoughts from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of #Eat #Pray #Love.

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Eat, Pray, Love  author Elizabeth Gilbert discusses the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses–and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s one of the best Ted Talks I’ve seen: funny, personal, moving, and applies universal illustrations to communicate her ideas.

She says she’s not like some artists she’s known, such as the poet Ruth Stone, who knew when she was being “visited” and if she didn’t run and get it down right then would be abandoned. Gilbert says she’s more like a mule. She has to get up at the same time every day and get down to business. But “mule” that she may be, she says,

“Even I have had work or ideas come through me from a source that I cannot identify. And what is that thing and how are we to…

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