Elizabeth Gilbert on Creativity

Elizabeth Gilbert recently gave a talk at TED on "A Different Way to Think about Creative Genius". The subject of her talk is the stress and fear creative people experience in trying to meet the high expectations they set for themselves. While she jokes about these issues not impacting people in "non-creative" fields like engineering, her introduction reminds me of the section in Getting Things Done alluding to people's tendency to procrastinate being proportional to their ability to envision negative outcomes.

Ironically, in developing and sharing a framework on how she might deal the fact that her greatest success may be behind her in the form of previous book "Eat, Pray, Love", she perhaps achieves a greater one. Procrastinate a bit and hear what she has to say…

My favorite quote – "I would please like the record to show today that I showed up today for my part of the job"

1 Comment »

  1. Marco said,

    April 4, 2009 @ 1:37 pm

    Thanks for sharing – that was an inspirational and touching end !

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