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Your elusive creative genius | Elizabeth Gilbert

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Find an accurate transcript (and subtitles in 46 languages) on ted.com, http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gi...
"Eat, Pray, Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert muses on 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 a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
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Picasso would agree, he said "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working"

by Viljam Smed 4 years ago

damn this woman is wayyyyy eloquent. the words just keep pouring out of her effortlessly

by Mel 4 years ago

I'm glad that she pointed out that, at forty years of age, she is still quite young. Age bashing is also something that holds many back in their endeavors. They think they are too "old" to do anything. Stop thinking like that and live people! I'm in my late thirties and I feel like a 15 year old every day I wake up :) 

by DC 5 years ago

Now that's a Ted presentation

by berrybares 4 years ago

This is awesome and reminds me of this amazing Martha Graham quote;
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others”

by Trip Pony 4 years ago

Wow what a lovable, funny, inspiring and intelligent woman.

by scully 4 years ago

Ole! She is not a genius, she has a genius. Her intelligence reflects in her demeanor and reflects in her thoughts. May her genius be with her forever.

by Soumyaditya Dasgupta 4 years ago

I used to dance and in ten years, only twice did I experience this feeling of something taking over me and moving my body. I know it wasnt all in my head because random people stopped to watch and they wanted me to keep going. It was always in public and to live music. I felt it but when people would ask me to keep going I could still dance but it was almost fleeting then. Ill tell you after those experiences, Ive always felt that whenever my time comes I would be alright with that. If I had to descibe the feeling it would be as if the purest energy invaded my body. Like a spirit. I felt no pain, I felt fucking strong. I felt like I touched some place that we go when weve collected enough life experience. I was not on drugs either, im a drug free person. No booze either. Trust me what this lady is talking about sounds crazy but its real. It comes when you believe in the spirits around you. In the laughter and love that exists in the people and places around you. Throw yourself onto it like your body surfing on these forces. Just understand that the next day it will not be there and you can spend your life looking for it but it may not come. I think that it comes to the brightest soul around, and it spends the evening there. So let go when you get the urge and trust it.

by Jonathan Fernandez 5 years ago

the society wants everyone to be controlled, predictable, to fit in a box. creativity is the greatest rebellion to the vested interests. the society doesnt want you to be wild a free. Creativity is wild and free and the layers of conditioning supress​ it so when someone is creative they dont fit.

by Schmuck Joomer 3 years ago

Who is here after Taylor Swift's NPR Tiny Desk Concert ?
Because same.


by Rahul Loves'ThePayne 8 months ago

"inspiration exists, but it comes to you while you´re working" Picasso

by Romina E. 6 years ago

mind blown! i feel like what she is talking about is a sort of surrender to something beyond the self and can be applied to any kind of work. Just hearing this talk makes me feel like a burden has been lifted off my shoulders.

by Leheria 3 years ago

I'm a writer for more than a decade (i started professionally when i was 18 or 19) - This job pays all my bills... and i'm still afraid :) - I hope one day, i'll be like you - have my own successful book - and yes, i'm still afraid.

by Siti Faizah 4 years ago

Still watching this in 2019. So appreciate this as one of the BEST talks that I've had the Pleasure of hearing. Thank you for presenting.

by Rozenia Johnson 1 year ago

Wow. The emotional cost of creativity, validated in a short speech.

by Ryan Tan Yu 3 years ago

Mind blowing! A genius who doesnt take herself so darn seriously is refreshing! I am her new fan!

by Jaimee K 1 year ago

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