Elizabeth Gilbert on showing up

It’s TED”s fifth birthday. 1000 talks, 81 languages, viewed 1/2 billion times. So I went back and watched one of the most popular talks: Elizabeth Gilbert on creativity and the fear we have around…just doing it.


I’ve been talking about this over the week in Sydney with friends who are blocked. They’re creative. In all different ways. They get blocked. And it drags them down because of the pressure to be creative. So I went looking for this talk.

I like how Elizabeth talks about creating psychological constructs to keep her safe from her anxiety about her block so she can keep being creative. It’s simple and reassuring.

Elizabeth says:

Don’t be daunted. Just do your job.

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