Creators should fight against the pull of Romanticism in their work and reject the notion that the artistic life must be one of suffering and torment.
I encourage makers to recognize that when you pull your ego out of the game, your work can become a series of joyful collaborations (between artist and mystery, between artist and peers, between artist and audience).
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Elizabeth Gilbert 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.
It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
The important thing is to take responsibility for continuing to show up for your side of the bargain.
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