Looking for inspiration? Advice from the Great — Part 2/2

Following last week’s topic, in this post, we will talk about the popular writer Elizabeth Gilbert and how she overcomes anxiety and fear in order to create.

Elizabeth Gilmore is the author of the best-seller book “Eat, Pray , Love”; which has sold over 10 million copies. Being the creator of such a success, she usually gets people asking her and worrying her about how to continue her career and overcome the fact that her greatest success “could be already behind her”.

During an interview in TED radio hour, she describes that to continue doing what she loves she has to continue showing up for work but leaving a lot of space and distance between her and that anxiety about people’s reaction to her writing, in order to avoid any creative shutdown.

Gilbert recognizes that fear and creativity are “conjoined twins” and they live and go everywhere together. Because creativity means going into the uncertain and that is scary. It’s not about being fearless, but to learn to coexist with that fear.

She advises that a creative process should begin the work from a place of diligence and discipline and through that process you’ll have some moments of inspiration that will come and meet you, but we need to keep moving and doing the job — putting in the hours so to speak- and you’ll win already by just showing up.

Learn more about this inspiring woman at her TED talk and also you can visit her website, where you can find her latest book called “Big magic — Creative living beyond fear”.


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Originally published at www.danielachavarria.com on September 23, 2016.

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