Be Bold, Be Creative: an Evening with Liz Gilbert

I went to see the incredible, inspiring, funny Liz Gilbert last night as she is touring Europe promoting her new book “Big Magic“.  Here are the messages that I took from the evening:

  • Do I trust what I know, or do I seek permission from others?
  • I am doing what I can with what I have.  And it’s good enough.
  • Take the risk and release your work and creativity to the world.  Being criticised beats being silent.
  • The things we weren’t raised with, we can go out and learn.  NONE of us get the whole picture from our parents.
  • Encourage kids to be creative.  NEVER discourage them.  So many of us remember that one specific moment where our creativity was criticised by a parent or teacher, which often leads to us putting down that paintbrush / writer’s pen / musical instrument for good.
  • Surround yourself with extraordinary people, with people that express their humanity and compassion in 3D.
  • Be the person you want your kids to become.  Embody the skills and attitudes you want them to learn.
  • To get to the interesting stuff quickly, when you meet someone, either for the first or a 100th time, ask them: “What are you most excited about right now?”  You will be amazed and quite likely excited each and every time.
  • If you feel you don’t have the time to be creative / do whatever it is that you keep saying you want to do, ask yourself: “What am I willing to give up to have the life I keep saying I want?” 

 “The ultimate act of creativity is to turn your life into a work of art.”