Elizabeth Gilbert is known for her books like Eat Pray Love and newest hit novel Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. This book has a theme of how to unlock one’s ‘creative.’ In this book she asks us to embrace our curiosity, let go of suffering, and find your creative genius. This 2009 TED Talk about how to unlock your elusive creative genius was a precursor to this book. See what really inspired her to make this concept into a full- fletched novel.
Within this TED Talk, Gilbert jokes about folks that are creative being deemed by society for being enormously mentally unstable and wants us to question the stereotypes. She thinks it’s better if we encourage our great creative minds to live.
She then goes onto to explain how if you do the work you love you will be fully engaged and your creative brain and genius will be unlocked. After, she provides a Roman mini-history lesson of how innovative ideas became a huge part of society.
But the question that Gilbert wants to pose is — you know, why not? Why not think about it this way? She explains the “utter maddening capriciousness of the creative process” as a process which, as anybody who has ever tried to make something knows “does not always behave rationally–and, in fact, can sometimes feel downright paranormal.”
In this talk, Gilbert maps out a way that you can truly be your best creative self and not be bogged down by societal pressure. She encourages you to keep your ideas flowing because you do have the power to change the world. Our ThinkTank Learning staff will help you do this. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you want to be part of a creative revolution.