Breakthroughs, success, “in the zone” creativity and milestones are some of the words you can use to describe an artistic achievement or creative high. Some may not have a bestseller or legacy achievement under their belt, but many creatives have experienced those “highs” while or after finishing a project. These milestone successes varies – it could be a well-regarded blog post, a critically-acclaimed student film or even a simple eureka moment. And for a creative professional, the experience is a mighty inspiration to keep pushing for greatness.
But sometimes, after such high or achievement, creative professionals fall in the trap of, what Oprah would say, “chasing the phenomenon.” They try to seek greater glory from such creative high and when unattained, falls into utter frustration to the point of depression. It’s a dilemma that Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame demystifies and rectifies in this inspiring TED talk on nurturing creativity.
Her message to all artists: Keeps showing up and doing the craft that you love no matter what!