Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert – A 27-min Summary

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“Big Magic is a celebration of a creative life…Gilbert’s love of creativity is infectious, and there’s a lot of great advice in this sunny book…Gilbert doesn’t just call for aspiring artists to speak their truth, however daffy that may appear to others; she is showing them how.”
—Washington Post

“In [Gilbert’s] first foray into full-on self-help [she] shares intimate glimpses into the life of a world-famous creative, complete with bouts of paralyzing fear and frustration, in an attempt to coax the rest of us into walking through the world just a little bit braver.”
—Elle

“Elizabeth Gilbert is my new spirit animal… I have profoundly changed my approach to creating since I read this book.”
—Huffington Post

Book details:

Publisher: Riverhead Books (September 22, 2015)
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Genre: Self-Help, Creativity, Personal Growth, Motivational, Personal Success

Author

Elizabeth M. Gilbert (born July 18, 1969) is an American author, essayist, short story writer, biographer, novelist and memoirist. She is best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which as of December 2010 has spent 199 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, and was also made into a film by the same name in 2010.

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert on her new book “Big Magic” – q on cbc

Also check out this great TED talk: Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity

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Kris Kristofferson

Kristofferson

 

Kristoffer “Kris” Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an American country music singer, songwriter, musician, and film actor. He is known for such hits as “Me and Bobby McGee”, “For the Good Times”, “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down”, and “Help Me Make It Through the Night”. Kristofferson is the sole writer of most of his songs, and he has collaborated with various other figures of the Nashville scene such as Shel Silverstein. In 1985, Kristofferson joined fellow country artists Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash in forming the country music supergroup “The Highwaymen”. In 2004, Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of
Fame. ~Wikipedia

Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.

Tell the truth. Sing with passion. Work with laughter. Love with heart. ‘Cause that’s all that matters in the end.

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Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

This is a great ted talk!

Amy Cuddy ted.com bio:

Amy Cuddy wasn’t supposed to become a successful scientist. In fact, she wasn’t even supposed to finish her undergraduate degree. Early in her college career, Cuddy suffered a severe head injury in a car accident, and doctors said she would struggle to fully regain her mental capacity and finish her undergraduate degree.
But she proved them wrong. Today, Cuddy is a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, where she studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people from the classroom to the boardroom. And her training as a classical dancer (another skill she regained after her injury) is evident in her fascinating work on “power posing” — how your body position influences others and even your own brain.

“Using a few simple tweaks to body language, Harvard researcher Amy Cuddy discovers ways to help people become more powerful.”
TIME Game Changers, March 19, 2012

Here goes:

If this sounds hokey, simple.. or even stupid.. GET OVER IT.

You might want to construct your own power pose if you don’t feel comfortable with Amy Cuddy’s version … I myself have a slightly different pose AND supplement with a genuine smile…for 2min.

  It is a very powerful exercise..highly recommended.

My rating: 5/6

  • 5/6 on delivery
  • 5/6 on content

-Egil

The Creator’s Manifesto – Scott Dinsmore

”A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.”
– Abraham Maslow

Scott Dinsmore’s – Live Your Legend is one of my fav blog’s.

This post – The Creator’s Manifesto is the best I’ve read from Scott..!

Here’s a taste…

The Creator’s Manifesto:

create |krēˈāt|- verb : Bring (something) into existence. Cause (something) to happen as a result of one’s actions.

  1. Build things that only you are capable building.
  2. Don’t take inspiration for granted. When it hits, stop everything to capture and create.
  3. Learn what inspires you – the people, the movies, the music, the books. Then spend every second you can around them.
  4. Ideas appear in the strangest places. Pay attention.
  5. Creation comes in every form – relationships, food, art, music, prose, products, services. Notice what you create. What people ask you for. Give that all your energy.
  6. Know your limitations. Build what you’re best at. Leave the rest for others.
  7. There are so many ways you can spend a day, but making new things and adding real value are the only ones that really make a difference.
  8. Stop wasting your time.
  9. Sitting still is the most dangerous action of all.
  10. Welcome the skeptics. Build it anyway.

There is 17 more in Scott’s post -> The Creator’s Manifesto

 

William James

From Wikipedia:

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher who was trained as a physician. He wrote influential books on the young science of psychology, educational psychology, psychology of religious experience and mysticism, and on the philosophy of pragmatism. He was the brother of novelist Henry James and of diarist Alice James. In the summer of 1878, James married Alice Gibbens.

 

Quotes:

The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.

If you can change your mind, you can change your life.

The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.

Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.

We don’t laugh because we’re happy, we’re happy because we laugh.

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.

“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task”

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, ‘This is the real me,’ and when you have found that attitude, follow it.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.

Our view of the world is truly shaped by what we decide to hear.