What Elizabeth Gilbert Wants You To Know About Big Magic

Doesn’t matter what you might be dreaming of.

If any part of you longs to make and do really cool things in this world — write, paint, cook, dance, sing, speak, produce, code, act, bake, or just bedazzle your toothbrush…

Today’s show is an absolute must watch.

It’s a treasure map to unleash your most creative and expressive life. And our tour guide is none other than the legendary Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Here’s just a sampling of the gems you’re about to discover:

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  • The unconventional (and very specific) thing to say and do when fear tries to stop you from taking inspired risks
  • The contract Liz made with her creativity long ago and why it’s made all the difference
  • Why you shouldn’t try to “help” anyone with your art and what to focus on instead
  • The vital distinction between originality and authenticity and how to manage “it’s all been done before” syndrome
  • How to know whether or not you’re on the right creative path

Plus, if you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing Liz speak (tens of millions have watched her Ted Talks and I’ve had the honor of seeing her move a stadium full of folks to tears), pay extra attention around the 25 minute mark.

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Is Your Best Creative Work Being Ignored?

Doesn’t matter what you make, write, knit, code, film, paint, perform, produce, sculpt, simmer, invent, teach, chisel, craft, bake or build…

There’s a high possibility that at some point in your creative career, you’ve had this experience.

You make something truly awesome.

We’re talking spectacular. Soul-shaking. Next-level, cosmically significant sorta stuff.

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It goes out for public consumption and you think, “This is my best work yet. People are going to go nuts for this!!”

As you anxiously await the praise / applause / orders / reviews / congrats / comments / shares ____ (fill in the blank with the validation of your choice), a sinking reality sets in.

Rather than the critical acclaim or endless cha-ching…

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When Inspiration Backfires

If you were in my house right now, you’d see something pretty typical.

Stacks, and stacks, of books.

I have a huge bookcase over my desk. And stacks of books on my desk. Then there are books on my nightstand. Oh yeah… let’s not forget the book I always seem to have in my bag.

I love books. I also love magazines, newspapers, music, movies, art and videos, too.

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This all connects back to my love of learning and being inspired by people, stories and ideas.

If you look around, inspiration is everywhere! There’s an infinite source of inspiration online. Newsfeeds, social streams, Ted Talks, design blogs — you name it.

But is there such a thing as too much inspiration? Are some of us so addicted to inspiration that we’re not actually getting things done? No doubt.

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Value What You Do: A Must Watch for Artists & Creatives

When you think about getting your work out there in a bigger way, do you ever get caught by thoughts that say…

“But what if the thing I love to do doesn’t directly change the world or solve a problem?”

“But what if my business model is all about me? I’m having a really difficult time seeing how my products will really help anyone, besides me following my dreams!”

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Most of us have a hard time valuing what we do, especially if the thing we do comes so naturally to us.

It’s can be even tougher if our work falls into buckets that can be considered “creative” or “artistic.”

Marketing can seem easier to get behind (and execute) when what you offer the world clearly solves some kind of pain point or problem.

But what if that’s not what you sell? And if you’re a creative or artistic person, can you still feel like your business makes a significant, positive impact on others?

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How To Create Your Brand & Find Your Voice

This week, I’m back in the city for the first time in a long time.

I’ve been blissfully beached out in Sag Harbor for nearly a month, but I’ve come back to my beloved concrete jungle for a week of massive creation time related to MarieTV.

Before we head into this week’s episode, I just want to say a HUGE and heartfelt THANK YOU for subscribing, reading, watching and supporting.

When I first started MarieTV 22 months ago, I had no idea what it would turn into (I still don’t) and I had no idea what I was doing (still don’t :)), but what I do know, is this.

I love the challenge of figuring it out and I’m committed to delivering you the very best I’ve got.

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