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Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert Book suggestion

“It seems to me , that the less I fight my fear, the less it fights back. If I can relax, fear relaxes too” Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic  explores what both frightens and thrills us and encourages us to pursue our creative interests, explaining how to deal with our fears, notice ideas and act on them and take the stress out of creation thereby turning our creative ideas into reality.

“Your fear will always be triggered by your creativity, because creativity asks you to enter into realms of uncertain outcome, and fear hates uncertain outcome.” Elizabeth Gilbert

Millions of creative people all around the world grew up with the constant reminder that getting a “good education” and finding a “serious job” was the only path that led to happiness. Many experienced failure and hardship in their early attempts in making art. The result? Countless creative spirits who aren’t living out their full potential.

According to Elizabeth Gilbert,  creativity is not just the domain of a few brilliant professional artists, but rather an enriching way of life that anyone can adopt at any time. If you embrace creativity, you’ll experience “Big Magic”: a mystical or spiritual force of creativity that brings joy and purpose.

3 takeaway ideas

1. Let your fears coexist with your passions.

2. Give yourself permission to create.

3. Keep your day job to fuel your creative affair.

“People don’t do this kind of thing because they have all kinds of extra time and energy for it; they do this kind of thing because their creativity matters to them enough that they are willing to make all kinds of extra sacrifices for it.” Elizabeth Gilbert

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