Let me start this post by saying that I love Liz Gilbert. Eat, Pray, Love is basically my bible and I also love the sequel. So when everyone started talking about her newest book, Big Magic, I knew it was only a matter of time when I’d read it. The basic idea of Big Magic is that ideas and inspiration are a certain kind of magic, that will come to us if we’re not too scared to receive them (I know, give it a chance). A lot of the things in the book will be things you’ve heard before, but something about Liz’s way of writing is so funny, relatable and easy to read, that I often found myself thinking “why has no one said it to me like that before?”. So today I thought I’d share four of my favourite lessons learned from reading Big Magic.
4 LESSONS LEARNED FROM BIG MAGIC
Done Is Better Than Good
I’ve always had a saying that I won’t play unless I know I can win. What that basically means is that I never do anything I’m not good at. I’m hugely perfectionist and often end up not even starting things because I’m so concerned with them not turning out perfect. So as someone who’s currently working on their thesis for the second year (with no end in sight), I found the idea of done being better than good, rather revolutionary.
Stop Defending Your Weakness
I’ve always been the person who says “I’m just not that kind of person”. And sure, sometimes that’s true, like I’ll probably never enjoy horror movies or getting a flu shot. That said, a lot of the things I thought I couldn’t do, I’ve actually done. Like I used to think that I was just not a creative person, or the kind of person who can talk to strangers on the phone. And if ever people tried to tell me I could do it, I would strongly argue against it. But the thing is, why would you want to argue for your weakness? Wouldn’t you rather try to overcome those fears?
Originality vs. Authenticity
I’m guessing that this is something that a lot of creative people, including bloggers, struggle with. With so many bloggers out there, what do I have to offer that’s not already been done? And the truth is that most of it has been done. That blush or lipstick or foundation has likely been posted about by a hundred other people. So don’t worry about being original. But if you really want to post about how freaking amazing you think that blush is, people will see that authenticity.
Passion vs. Curiosity
This to me, was the most beautiful lesson of Big Magic. I’ve never been the type of person who knew what I wanted to do with my life since I was in primary school. And hearing everyone time and again to tell me to just follow my passion just made me feel like a huge failure for not having one. So Liz Gilbert divided the world in to two types of people. Jackhammers who have a strong passion and strive for it with everything they have, and hummingbirds, who follow their curiosity and flit from one interest to another. I’m definitely a hummingbird, and maybe by following my curiosity, I’ll eventually find my passion.
Now go read Big Magic if you haven’t already, and find your favourite lessons.