Elizabeth Gilbert on the Creative Genius You Have

If it’s true that as Dan Pink said in To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others: “Today, about 1 in 9 American workers earns a living selling products or services. But new evidence suggests that the other 8 in 9 are spending a huge portion of their time selling in a broader sense – persuading, influencing, and moving others.” And I believe it is because it captures the types of activities we engage in as modern workers and the new reality of work itself as the backdrop — more freelancers, collaborations among peers, and loosely bound group — then it is also true that the nature of our work requires more creativity. Creativity is a learned process, with steps, requiring cognitive stages, and built on existing ideas. We copy, combine, collaborate our way into creativity. When we keep pushing, it is possible to find something that has not been done before. Regardless of where we are on the creative as process path, creative work is hard because we invest ourselves deeply in the doing and in how the product will be received. Elizabeth Gilbert met with global success in her first book Eat, Pray, Love, the story of a transformational journey searching for pleasure and devotion through Italy, India, and Bali (likely you have seen the movie, starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem) suggests that we separate ourselves from our work: “upon a lot of reflection, that the way that I have to work now, in order…

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