Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the Crikey-I-See-This-Book-Everywhere Bestseller Eat, Pray, Love, gives a miraculous speech on TED.com.
Why does creativity screw us up so much? What does it mean to be a genius? And should we dub any specific person a genius? Where does it get us, especially those of us dubbed a genius?
Sublimely written, beautifully spoken, and profoundly inspirational, this speech is one for the ages. It might get a bit too new-agey for some, so consider yourself warned. But I love the way Ms. Gilbert thinks, and how disarmingly honest she is. I also love the way people are consistently attacking the idea of genius these days- between Gladwell’s book and this talk, I feel like we’re having some kind of genius-backlash.
Watch, and may you be slightly or majorly transformed.