I have read many articles and listened to many programs about creativity, but few people describe it as succinctly and accurately as author Elizabeth Gilbert. Like many others, I really like this talk she gave at TED. But good as that talk is, I keep on coming back to some closing remarks she made about passion and curiosity on a TED Radio hour podcast. This is what she said:
These are comforting words. If you have a passion, and time and resources to follow it, then fine. But few of us have the luxury to be monomaniacal; we have constraints of family, work, location and money that are at odds with having a passion. And the world seems just so big and interesting to have a singular interest. So it’s good to have our curiosity affirmed, something we can all live with and nurture.