Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Your Elusive Creative Genius
Gloria Hansen here.
This is a favorite TED talk that I shared on my gloriahansen.com blog more than a few years back. It's by Elizabeth Gilbert – author of a favorite book, Eat, Pray, Love, on nurturing creativity.
In my original post I talked about how Elizabeth Gilbert muses 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.
She talked about the success of her book and people now asking her “Aren’t you afraid that you’ll never live up to your prior success … that you’ll be a failure?”
She goes on to discuss how creativity was originally looked upon as an outside entity that visits one and graces it with a bolt of inspiration. The Romans referred to creativity as genius. Again, an outside force that would possess one with inspiration. At one point things changed. “We went from having a creative genius to being a creative genius.” And with that comes a lot of pressure, suffering, and despair. She talked about the “painful reconciliation” people go through when success comes along and then wanes.
I periodically watch this video because it's a gem. It reminds me that rather than sitting in that painful place where I feel like I'll never be creative again, and playing in my mind all of those dark thoughts that can quickly sabotage good energy, I just need to get busy and do the work. Here's to showing up, doing the work, and finding your elusive creative genius.