Elizabeth Gilbert IS Big Magic
I'm in the middle of an Elizabeth Gilbert geek-out. Check this out:
- As background, I've been a big Elizabeth Gilbert fan for years, ever since I watched her TED talk about the fickle genius of our creative work. That talk helped me understand my relationship with creativity. It helped me take risks. It helped me do the work that I'm doing now.
- Last Friday I included her talk as a resource for a listener, Gavin, who needed some reminding that sometimes the genius is in the room - and sometimes she isn't. It's part of the highs and lows of creating.
- For last week's Mini Moved Me, I recorded and shared something LG (Liz, as her friends call her, and I like to pretend I'm one of them) wrote on Facebook about Mercy. It was, for me, a reminder that I'm so grateful for all of us meaning-makers. When we're doing our jobs, we are the ones who help illuminate stories and create mercy where we need it so badly.
- And Elizabeth's new book, Big Magic, is SO FRIGGIN good. Anyone who MAKES THINGS (i.e., blog posts, talks, pitches, presentations - heck, dinner!) should read this. It's a deeper dive into the idea behind that TED talk of hers -and it's a must-read for anyone who's reading this blog post right now. (I'm sorry for all the cap-yelling; but you really must go read this.)
- And then I ran into this interview between Marie Forleo and Elizabeth Gilbert about overcoming our fear to live a fulfilling, creative life. (Thanks, Marie!)
But here's the truly wonderful thing:
In that interview, Elizabeth and Marie take a little time to talk specifically about Elizabeth's process as a speaker. It's awesome. She talks about how she prepared, how she overcame her fears, her connectedness to the audience - and the HUGE amount of work required to stand on Oprah's stage and speak.
I culled the best part for you here: nearly 8 minutes of golden wisdom from LG. [vimeo 147328265 w=500 h=313]
Clearly, LG's work is hitting at the heart of my - and hopefully your! - work. We are creators. Let's get out there and make something.