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Years ago, I remember telling myself that “I am not creative . ”
I couldn’t possibly draw vivid portraits nor compose beautiful melodies.
In all these years what I didn’t know is that creativity can have innumerable appearances. Just because I couldn’t do certain “artistic” things doesn’t necessarily make me uncreative or unimaginative.
This is the very idea bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert explains in her book Big Magic. She shows how to identify the “creative soul” inside each of us. Throughout the book, Gilbert gives us a detailed account of her own journey as a writer.
Big magic was one of those few books that are filled with inspirational words that can alone motivate us. That’s why in this post I thought of sharing some of them.
I hope some of these uncliched words can inspire you to be creative !
“It’s a simple and generous rule of life that whatever you practice, you will improve at.”
“What do you love doing so much that the words failure and success essentially become irrelevant?”
“perfectionism is just fear in fancy shoes and a mink coat,”
“Own your disappointment, acknowledge it for what it is, and move on.”
“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.”
“living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.”
“You can clear out whatever obstacles are preventing you from living your most creative life, with the simple understanding that whatever is bad for you is probably also bad for your work.”
“Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest.”
“creative entitlement simply means believing that you are allowed to be here, and that—merely by being here—you are allowed to have a voice and a vision of your own.”
“Basically, your fear is like a mall cop who thinks he’s a Navy SEAL: He hasn’t slept in days, he’s all hopped up on Red Bull, and he’s liable to shoot at his own shadow in an absurd effort to keep everyone “safe.”
“Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. The rest of it will take care of itself.”
“Give your mind a job to do, or else it will find a job to do, and you might not like the job it invents.”
“But never delude yourself into believing that you require someone else’s blessing (or even their comprehension) in order to make your own creative work.”
“The guardians of high culture will try to convince you that the arts belong only to a chosen few, but they are wrong and they are also annoying.”
“I have never created anything in my life that did not make me feel, at some point or another, like I was the guy who just walked into a fancy ball wearing a homemade lobster costume.”
“If you’re going to live your life based on delusions (and you are, because we all do), then why not at least select a delusion that is helpful?”
“You must learn how to become a deeply disciplined half-ass.”
“your life is short and rare and amazing and miraculous, and you want to do really interesting things and make really interesting things while you’re still here.”
“Pure creativity is something better than a necessity; it’s a gift. It’s the frosting. Our creativity is a wild and unexpected bonus from the universe.”
Time For Your Action:
What are some authors that inspires you? Share some of the quotes from the book you’ve read in the comments!
Always curious to hear from you,