A new way to think about creativity

Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Click here to watch the TEDx talk that inspired this post, by Elizabeth Gilbert, who 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.

And head over here to read Paul Graham’s insightful musings on Maker’s schedules v/s Manager’s schedules, which analyses why creatives find meetings to be a waste of an entire day, not just of the stipulated hour or so.

If you have any qualms about whether you really are an artist, I strongly recommend Rainer Rilke’s Letters to Young Poet, which has all the questions and some answers about what it means to be a writer, a painter, a musician…, and also a person. The full text of the letters is available here.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dillydallygirl
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 13:56:50

    Thanks for sharing! Very interesting and helpful 🙂


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