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Nurture Creativity and Master Fear of Failure

June 16, 2011

Art by Tsukushi Akihito

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

Elizabeth M. Gilbert (born July 18, 1969) is an American novelist, essayist, short story writer, biographer, and memoirist. She is best known for her 2006 memoirs, Eat, Pray, Love, which as of December 2010, has spent 199 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, and was also made into a film.

Seth Godin is the author of ten international bestsellers that have been translated into over 30 languages, and have changed the way people think about marketing and work.

Milton Glaser (born June 26, 1929, in New York City) is a graphic designer, best known for the I Love New York logo, his “Bob Dylan” poster, the “DC bullet” logo used by DC Comics from 1977 to 2005, and the “Brooklyn Brewery” logo. He also founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker in 1968. In 2009, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.

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5 comments

  1. Always a great sentiment many of us (myself included) need to continually remind ourselves of….we’re surely not progressing any farther in this day and age because of it, courtesy of this twisted “System” we call “Society” that dictates us to work to make the few rich people richer until we keel over and die.

    Best to remind ourselves, there still hope, and that we can indeed find something fun, something we enjoy creating for ourselves rather than others. I speak from recent experience, only just now realizing things like that. :D


    • If I may answer to this… those rich people give you job, so better not complain. They as well as you have interest in profit- it’s natural. The thing is that you forget that with work you are given the chance to climb the stairs, achieve dreams and goals- it depends on you. And as the great men and women here say it’s about ‘getting ideas happen’ and stop self-loathing/pitying etc…


      • I’ve hired doctors and lawyers that have made more than me. Who is rich enough to hire a corporation products and services.

        Serfdom to a few rich people isn’t the only philosophy to live by.


  2. ‘Thrash at the beginning… everyone is creative… the lizard brain was in charge of you in High School…

    Haven’t watched the other videos yet, but enjoyed Seth Godin’s talk, particularly the way he shortens the gap between creativity and sharing/ ‘shipping’. Inspirational in a motivating and practical way, I thought. ^ ^


    • Glad you enjoyed it :)

      He’s written some good books too.



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