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Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius
Transcript of Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius
-Plato "WE ARE WHAT WE REPEATEDLY DO. EXCELLENCE, THEN, IS NOT AN ACT, BUT A HABIT. "
-Aristotle "I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean. "
-Socrates "A man content to go to heaven alone will never go to heaven."
-Boethius MENTAL ILLNESS WHY is it that CREATIVE MINDS have a reputation of ? A nervousness surrounds creativity-based careers. fear of failure writer's block lack of inspiration dry spell shadow of prior success future success pressure Many creative minds seem to have been "undone by their gifts". ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ...driven mad by their genius? Creativity and suffering have been inherently linked. Are they First recognized by Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers A "genius" was not a description of someone's intellectual capacity. INSTEAD DAEMON in Ancient Greece and a GENIUS in Ancient Rome both describe MYTHICAL AND DIVINE ENTITIES that serve to inspire and direct in the creative process Artists and creative minds THEREFORE were not ENTIRELY RESPONSIBLE for the outcomes of their creative process INSTEAD you could shift the blame to your guiding "genius" or "daemon" for your FAILURES ...and you couldn't take 100% responsibility for your SUCCESSES Depression Narcissism Hmmmmm..... ENTER STAGE LEFT: THE RENAISSANCE And so the creative "genius" shifted from an entity to a characteristic of oneself Humans have genius within themselves rather than having whispering sweet nothings of creativity in their ears a genius And so artists and creative minds became for their 100% RESPONSIBLE FAILURE and for their SUCCESS ...and that can be a lot to handle for a single human psyche Having a genius seems to be irrational... THE CREATIVE PROCESS doesn't always feel RATIONAL ...sometimes inspiration doesn't come from a source you can put your finger on. It doesn't matter what you call it Olé Allah God sometimes the creative mind feels like it is possessed by something else something you can't always put into words, or explain So why put all of the blame on yourself? Why not blame an entity in the corner of the room? Lighten the stress a little bit. And that way when SUCCESS happens you can keep moving along and when FAILURE happens you can say "HEY! I did my half!" And accept that maybe those creative entities the ones that whisper sweet creative nothings in your ear might only be around to guide you for so long Learn to say Olé! Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius TED TALKS