Watch Elizabeth Gilbert’s Your Elusive Creative Genius when you’re feeling discouraged by your lack of progress

Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk Your Elusive Creative Genius is one of TED’s all-time favourite talks and has been watched by millions. Elizabeth Gilbert explains that creating something good is hard and we mustn’t torture ourselves  too much in the process.  Our job is just to show up every day and do our best. That’s all we can do. The rest is up to forces outside our control.

It’s a powerful message that speaks to everyone who’s trying to do something really difficult.

“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. I believe this and I feel that we must teach it. ‘Ole!’ to you, nonetheless,just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

Cherie Carter-Scott’s 10 rules for being human

Rules For Being Human

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The Ten Rules For Being Human by Cherie Carter-Scott

And here’s an excellent alternative 10 rules for being human by Marc Ensign:

10 Rules for Being Human by Marc Ensign

How can I write well?

Answer: Write like Elliot Aronson, eminent social psychologist and author of the best seller The Social Animal.

Elliot Aronson is the only person in the 120-year history of the American Psychological Association to win all three of its major awards for distinguished research, distinguished teaching, and distinguished writing.

In the last 10 minutes of the 30-minute video below, Elliot Aronson talks about how he wrote his journal articles and books on social psychology. Move the time cursor to 19′ 30″:

Where is the proof that we can dramatically change our lives?

Answer: Mimi Silbert and Delancey Street Rehabilitation Program are the proof.

From the book Change Anything:

Delancey Street in San Fransisco, California [is where] we find Mimi Silbert. the founder and genius behind the most successful life-changing facility on earth. The entire facility is run by Mimi and fifteen hundred residents–each with an average of eighteen felony convictions. Delancey Street admits drug addicts and criminals and transforms more than 90 percent of them into productive citizens. (p 56)

Watch Mimi speak from 30 minutes into this video.  Delancey Street is an amazing story: to take thousands of the bottom 2% of society and have them transform themselves into contributing,well-adjusted, beautiful human beings! And Mimi tells the story with so much passion. There is so much we can all learn from this model.

The Mimi Silbert story: Re-cycling ex-cons, addicts and prostitutes

The Delancey Street story

Delancey Street’s accomplishments

Make a difference–an inspiring video for all teachers

Make a difference movie

Try watching this without your eyes welling up!