Elizabeth Gilbert Talks “Big Magic” — Fear, Failure, & the Mystery of Creativity

Elizabeth Gilbert and Marie Forleo talk about fear, authenticity, and Liz’s book, “Big Magic.” Listen in to learn why you shouldn’t strive to be fearless, how to overcome perfectionism, and the key to living your most creative life.

Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of “Eat, Pray, Love” and several other internationally bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction. She began her career writing for Harper’s Bazaar, Spin, The New York Times Magazine, and GQ, and was a three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award. The follow up memoir, “Committed,” became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller, and her novel “The Signature of All Things,” was named a best book of 2013 by The New York Times, O Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The New Yorker.

“Big Magic” tackles the mystery of creativity and how to keep going when you face creative resistance.

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  • Artwork by Christopher Cayco says:

    “People murder their creativity by insisting they’re not truly creative unless their creativity pays the bills.” My mind has been blown. This is just absolutely fantastic.

    • IMSiegfried says:

      My mom’s an artist and she would be happy if it “just” paid for her art supplies. 🙂

    • diane hall says:

      Angela, Yes I agree. I said that very thing to my sister this morning. There are creative projects on my 2020 list. I already have verbal orders, but would be satisfied with my results paying for my hobby., especially in this economy. In the meantime, I am working for a steady pay check and planning my goals/dreams. Liz is a wonderful inspiration!

    • AnnaLorraine says:

      Well side. So true

  • Jeremy Jenner says:

    One of Elizabeth’s best interviews yet, really impressive how on-point and genuinely invested Marie is. Earned a subscribe.

  • Tashiana Reaves says:

    This was a phenomenal interview! I especially enjoyed the discussion of perfectionism because I always say that it is indeed my fault, and his prevented me from beginning so many projects simply due to it not meeting my “standards.” I am going to now take on the mindset that “done is better than perfect.” Again, amazing interview! Thank you Marie and Elizabeth!

  • Lavendaire says:

    Liz Gilbert is one of my favorite people in the world, ever!! She’s so lighthearted, funny, but powerfully inspiring. My fave lessons from this episode: “fear is your companion” and the trickster mentality of “put it out there, see what happens. Put it out there, see what happens.” I usually approach creative work as a “battle” that I have to suffer through.. I forget that it’s supposed to be fun in the first place!

  • Yoga with Kassandra says:

    Two of my favorite people in the same room! Thank you for sharing this with us. It took me so long to finally listen to my intuition and create a yoga youtube channel like I had always wanted. It’s been over a year now and I wish I had started sooner!! We are our own worst critics and if we could only step out of our own way life would be so much simpler.

  • IW Nunn says:

    I love how sincere and honest Elizabeth is.  She’s definitely a wordsmith.

  • Anneri Victor says:

    “What will make you finish is not self-descipline, but SELF-FORGIVENESS.” Best. part. ever!

  • Kerry Ford says:

    Re: Perfectionism. Tears, streaming down my face. This is IT. Her explanation of her friend who would not release her second book because of all the crap in the world. This has held me back for years. This just freed me. THANK YOU.

  • Varju Luceno says:

    Love this: “You can be childlike and mature at the same time….”. Inspiring conversation about creativity.

  • Empowered Empaths says:

    I really loved these lines: “People murder their creativity by insisting they’re not truly creative unless their creativity pays the bills.” and “You have to let your creativity out bc it has you as a project. It’s building you. It’s creating you.” Thanks for this video.

  • nakyona1 says:

    Wooow! So glad I found your channel. Been already through 3 life changing episode but THIS ONE!!! As an artist it touched me so much. I laughed, cried, been inspired and shaken! Found so relieved and free after this about my art and the way I contribute to world by offering it. Thank you so much for this. This woman is incredible, i’m buying her book right after! Wrote this on my mirror: “Perfectionism is a serial killer”! And I’ve died over and over again for so long! Thank you, I feel so much better than 48 minutes ago. God bless your ministry!

  • English Fluency Journey says:

    oh yes, yes, yes!!!

    this whole conversation is absolutely brilliant, inspiring and eye-opening!
    i mean, although you know and understand these things subconsciously, but when you hear someone else explains them from them own perspective, referring to their own experience it’s makes even more sense))

  • ECMoran says:

    I LOVE the book, BIG MAGIC–it helped me get through some artist blocks. (I’m an author/illustrator, btw.) This is such a great interview to revisit during these Covid times when we’re quarantining and renewing our commitment to works in progress or starting new creative pursuits. You’re a great interviewer, Marie. Thanks for having Liz Gilbert on your program! =D

  • Michelle G says:

    Struggling with perfectionism myself today while slugging through chapter six of my own novel. So glad I saw this video today. I needed it so bad today. I love Elizabeth! Thanks so much for having her in your show ❤️

  • Robin V says:

    “Done is better than nothing” A new mantra for a person like myself who rarely finishes anything.

  • Alyce Bagnath says:

    This video was exactly what I needed! I started crying! Thank you for allowing all of us to realise our true creative potential and to welcome and invite fear but do not let life be controlled by fear ❤️

  • Jyotsna Mohanty says:

    I literally cried when she said that you have to forgive yourself for disappointing yourself. I am constantly so hard with myself. It gets so difficult to forgive myself for disappointing myself in a million different ways in my creative process. This was a nudge in the right direction. And I think the other thing was when she asked – when did inspiration promise you anything. It was pure gold. There are no promises. You do it because you want to.

  • Dianne N Squires says:

    6 years later and I’m now discovering this conversation. And so glad I did. I felt like I was allowed and validated in being my whole self with every point Ms. Gilbert made. ❤❤❤

    • Team Forleo says:

      We’re so glad you did too, Dianne! We feel the exact same way every time we come back to this video. Hope it continues to inspire you to live fully and in your whole self! – Monauar, Team Forleo

  • Leigh Thomas says:

    This is my pep talk for doing anything! I listen to this so often! And yes Big Magic should be required reading for everyone ♥️

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