February 11, 2009

If You Don't Know Now You Know

My brother is the only actual artist I know personally and he's already one of the hardest working guys around so maybe he doesn't need the advice but for those of you who are like myself and find your artistry expressed in the more mundane tasks of your day I'm going to add my recommendation to the plethora of others already out there and suggest you watch Elizabeth Gilbert's TED Talk.  Gilbert's writing isn't my particular taste but the good Judge John Hodgman, her friend and fellow TED attendee, nailed it as to why this particular talk is so effective (and interesting to me in particular).:
BUT WHILE SHE IS ADORED in this video, and I adore her as well, the magical thing you may not be able to get through this embedded video is how skeptical the audience initially was of her, and how masterfully she won over this bunch of jaded billionaire/genius TEDTOPIANS through simple, good storytelling.


PS - Come to think of it, David, you should watch this one too.

3 comments:

Pomeroy Kinsey said...

Fantastic talk. Thanks J.

Anonymous said...

First, thank you.
Second, resting on past laurels now seems sinful.
Third, I believe we are created creatures of a creative God who made us in His image--thus the source of that inward "muse".

a conversationalist said...

Just got around to this. It is possible, I am not at liberty to either confirm or deny, but it is possible, that I was weeping when she finished....