Elizabeth Gilbert was once an unpublished diner waitress, devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of Eat, Pray, Love, she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. In the TED Talk above (video #1), Gilbert reflects with beautiful insight on why success can be as disorienting as failure, and she offers a simple — though hard — way to carry on, regardless of outcomes. Gilbert’s speech in a continuum of her previous TED Talk where she shares the insights she discovered into nature of her own creativity in the wake of Eat, Pray, Love‘s massive — albeit disorienting — success. it’s an absolute must-see and you can watch it in full below (video #2).
The nature of creativity is something Gilbert has explored for her entire career, and in her brand new book, Beyond Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, Gilbert digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us.
Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy. Gilbert discusses the new book in a roundtable from this morning’s CBS This Morning (video #3) which you can watch below, and you can grab your own copy of Big Magic on Amazon. And be sure to visit ElizabethGilbert.com to learn more, including all the cities she’ll be visiting on her book tour from now through late October. I’ve also attached some more of my favorite Gilbert-isms below.
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