Thursday, June 9, 2011

Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity

Rahul Kanakia linked me to this. Though it is true that I am the sort of gentleman suspicious of authors whose works are turned into Julia Roberts blockbusters, Elizabeth Gilbert is here giving an amazing speech and talking about some experiences with creativity that, in some form or another, I can directly relate to. You probably can, too. It's awesome. Watch it.


  1. "....over 20 years ago, when I first started telling people -- when I was a teenager -- that I wanted to be a writer, I was met with this same kind of, sort of fear-based reaction. And people would say, "Aren't you afraid you're never going to have any success? Aren't you afraid the humiliation of rejection will kill you? Aren't you afraid that you're going to work your whole life at this craft and nothing's ever going to come of it and you're going to die on a scrap heap of broken dreams with your mouth filled with bitter ash of failure?""

    Good times. I am glad you liked it

  2. Thanks for sharing, Ben! I thought to share this video on my blog too. Lots of good things to think about.