“We’ve completely internalized and accepted collectively this notion that creativity and suffering are somehow inherently linked and that artistry, in the end, will always ultimately lead to anguish. And the question that I want to ask everybody here today…Are you comfortable with that?”
Being a genius is simply too much pressure. What if creativity is a force that comes from somewhere outside of us?
Check out this 2009 TED talk by Elizabeth Gilbert on creativity and the wrong thinking of inherent genius. If you are a creative—or long to be, but are paralyzed by fear of failure—set aside 20 minutes. Seriously. Right now.1