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Prezi & TED: Ideas Matter Contest
Transcript of Prezi & TED: Ideas Matter Contest
is behind you afraid you're never going to have any success afraid you're going to die on a
scrap heap of broken dreams with your mouth filled
with bitter ash of failure but, aren't you afraid? I want to be a writer, dancer, actor,
musician, comedian, designer, etc. afraid the humiliation of
rejection will kill you afraid you're going to work your
whole life at this craft and
nothing's ever going to come of it afraid you're never going to be
able to top that Too much pressure Let's go back to ancient
Greece and Rome for inspiration People did not believe that creativity came from human beings 8th Century BC People believed that creativity was this divine attendant spirit that came to human beings from some distant and unknowable source, for distant and unknowable reasons These disembodied creative spirits were called: a genius or
a daemon Now, let us travel back to the current century-
inspired by this notion This idea of a genius or a daemon
provides a psychological space
between the artist and their work. Protection from the emotional risks of creativity Don't be afraid. Don't be daunted. Just do your job. Continue to show up for your piece of it, whatever that might be. If your job is to dance, do your dance. If the divine, cockeyed genius assigned to your case decides to let some sort of wonderment be glimpsed, for just one moment through your efforts then "Ole!" And if not, do your dance anyhow.
And "Ole!" to you, nonetheless, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up. Time for
Change AD I The idea is that instead of suffering from "being" a genius let's entertain the idea of having a genius. Share the burden of responsibility If you want the chance to dance with a daemon or be inspired by a genius then you have to do your part and show up! To You Nonetheless across all genres have this reputation for being mentally unstable