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weekend inspiration: elizabeth gilbert – your elusive creative genius

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This TED talk by author Elizabeth Gilbert has been around for four years and you have likely already seen it, but I think it’s so special it’s worth a rewatch. In this talk Gilbert makes the case for distancing ourselves intellectually, as creatives, from our creations, in order to preserve our egos and manage performance expectations. Here’s my favourite quote from the talk:

I think that allowing somebody, like one mere person, to believe that he or she is, like, the vessel, you know, like the font, and the essence, and the source of all divine, creative, unknowable, eternal mystery is just, like a smidge too much responsibility to put on one fragile human psyche. It’s like asking somebody to swallow the sun.


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Renée Yoxon is a twenty-something jazz vocalist, composer, and lyricist from Canada's capital. Her second album, Here We Go Again, will be available December 2012.

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