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