From TED 2009

While not exactly on-topic, I think you will enjoy this insight into the creative process from Liz Gilbert – author of Eat Pray Love. She riffs 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 and – interesting.

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  1. Arnold Faber says:

    I can’t tell you how inspiring, refreshing, mind probing that Elizabeth Gilbert vid was. It was like she was speaking only to me! Wonderful, again, many thanks for that Dave.

  2. Arnold Faber says:

    I can’t tell you how inspiring, refreshing, mind probing that Elizabeth Gilbert vid was. It was like she was speaking only to me! Wonderful, again, many thanks for that Dave.

  3. Arnold Faber says:

    I can’t tell you how inspiring, refreshing, mind probing that Elizabeth Gilbert vid was. It was like she was speaking only to me! Wonderful, again, many thanks for that Dave.

  4. Andrew says:

    lol, as a rock and rolling poet with a history of manic depressive alcoholism, I was kind of blown away… everything you share here’s gold.

    I’ve already found my answer and it lies in evolutionary psychology. The creative process is tied into a function designed to create things that ultimately come down to survival. It’s a fact you can explore over a wide range of scientific subjects.

    What she seems to be talking about is finding coping mechanisms for the unknown process. I’m not saying I know everything about creativity, but I’m in a place where nothing is a struggle, nothing matters enough to cause distress because I understand those insane periods were caused by thinking “I can’t do it” in some way. My daemon serves me, and I can choose to serve it any time I want…

    See how she is talking about the dancer reconciliation in the morning, it’s so smart to think about it in the way she suggests, but there is far, far more to it imho!

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