6 lessons from Big Magic

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السوق القطري للاسهم Big Magic was that one peptalk I needed to finally finish my master thesis. I spent months labouring over every single paragraph, wondering if it was ‘academic’ enough and whether every sentence was the most brilliant sentence I could have possibly written. As soon as I got the slightest feeling this wasn’t the case, I wondered if perhaps I wasn’t trying my best. Or maybe if I was lazy. Or even whether I was aiming too high. Perhaps I was just an imposter, and the fact that I managed to make it this far into my degree was just a fluke..

http://1conn.com/?binarforexar=طريقة-بيع-الاسهم-في-بنك-البلاد Even though the book was initially aimed at ‘creatives’, I feel like I was able to take lessons from it that I can apply to all aspects of my life: starting a business, my academic work, creating art.. basically everything! My biggest realisation came with the video down below. I realised that the ‘thing’ I was creating said absolutely zilch about who I was as a person. In other words, your identity is not a reflection of the things you create. I felt like quite the fool to think that my supervisor would somehow judge my abilities and entire being based on that one thesis.. This epiphany removed a lot of fear, and enabled me to write more freely without having the feeling that I needed to strive for perfection with every single sentence. Because honestly: ain’t nobody got time for that!

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ما هي الخيارات الثنائية In this video, Liz gives a pretty good summary of the essence of her book (so if you’re reaaally lazy, you can learn about her main insights here!).


The 6 most valuable Big Magic lessons for everyone

1. Done is better than perfect.

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ا٠ضل شركه للتجاره بالذهب “So if you can complete something—merely complete it!—you’re already miles ahead of the pack, right there. You may want your work to be perfect, in other words; I just want mine to be finished.”

تداول الاسهم بالانترنت Starting something is easy, but finishing a project will separate you from the rest of the crowd.


2. Who cares if it has been done?

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الخيارات الثنائية الاستراتيجية الأسبوعيةJust say what you want to say and say it with all your heart.”


3. Create space for fear in every single creative venture

try this Liz calls this ‘The Road Trip’: she’s behind the wheel with Creativity on the front seat. Fear is in the backseat. Whenever she is embarking on a new creative endeavour she tells Fear that it is welcome to come along, but that everyone has their own role.

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click to read more Eventually she reminds Fear that while it is welcome to come Road Tripping, he is absolutely forbidden to drive.


4. Suffering is not a pre-requisite for creating something great

بيع اسهم الرياض FINALLY. Someone that says it. The creative process does not necessarily have to be painful, difficult or a huge challenge. Liz writes that it is fine if your creative process isn’t any of that and emphasises that you don’t have to suffer to create something that is great.

http://1conn.com/?binarforexar=اسعار-اسهم-اسواق-المزرعه Strangely enough we often think that when we are hit with inspiration, which suddenly makes our work super easy, that it’s probably not good enough. The process should probably have been more difficult. So instead of feeling proud and accomplished, we feel guilty because the work felt too easy! This book gives you permission to let go of the misconception that suffering is an essential part of creativity. Yes, it can sometimes be challenging, but it is not the essence.

“Far too many creative people have been taught to distrust pleasure and put their faith in struggle alone”


5. Follow your curiosity

Liz wrote that she stopped feeling inspired at one point. She had no idea which path to turn into, especially after the enormous success of Eat, Pray, Love. Instead of worrying herself silly, she decided to pursue a curiosity. She started gardening and discovered that she enjoyed researching where her plants and flowers came from. She travelled around the country, and eventually around the whole world in order to learn more about botanical exploration in the 19th century. The result of this was ‘The Signature of All Things’; a book that came into being simply because she followed a curiosity.

She has a lot more to say about this concept which you can learn about in the video below from Oprah’s Super Soul Sundays. She talks about people who feel lost in a world where others are constantly telling them that ‘it is very easy! You just need to follow your passion!’ But what if you don’t know what your passion is?? What if you still don’t know what you want to do when you grow up? Then you probably want to bite the next person’s head of who tells you to ‘just follow your passion..!’

To people like this she now says the following: follow your curiosity. This is a lot less intimidating than your ‘passion’, because it sounds a lot less heavy. Passion sounds like something you would give up your life for if you had to. But as we learnt before: you don’t have to suffer.

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Click on the second video for Liz’s talk.


6. Your work is not your baby!

Don’t be disillusioned with what so many people say about creativity. What you create is not your baby! Here is another way to look at it:

“Your creative way is not your baby; if anything, you are  ثنائي السماسرة الخيار يكي its baby. Everything I have ever written has brought me into being. Every project has matured me in a different way. I am who I am today precisely because of what I have made and what it has made me into.”

Let that sink in. What you gain from the creative process is worth so much more than the final product itself.

Lastly, don’t forget that creativity isn’t reserved for a selected few. It’s for everyone. In fact, it is what makes us human. We have creativity to thank for making it to the 21st century as a species. We don’t have a thick fur coat to keep us warm, claws for fighting, or the speed to hunt with our bare hands.. The survival of the human species is owed to creativity. It’s in your genes, baby!

Author: Eline

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2 thoughts on “6 lessons from Big Magic”

  1. Ha, probably should read this 😉 My imposter syndrome never fails to rear it’s ugly head when nearing deadlines. Though it’s significantly less of an issue than when I was younger – here’s to maturing I guess. Leuk, Eline!

    1. It’s a really nice book to have on your night stand! The chapters are really short, and there is not necessarily a story line. Just a book with a lot of beautiful insights that you can read bit by bit whenever you feel the need to 🙂

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