Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, Failure And The Drive To Keep Creating

By on May 30, 2014

We all want to achieve success and avoid failures in our business, but could it be possible that success is just as disarming and disorienting as failure?

Editors Note: After the enormous popularity of her book, Eat, Pray, Love, author Elizabeth Gilbert had to face a surprising obstacle: the fear of writing the next book. Why? Because she knew that with that monumental success, came the expectation that her next project be equally or surpassingly better. This led her to discover her truth that massive failure and massive success actually illicit the same crippling emotional disorientation. We all live in the ordinary day-to-day way of life but when we fail or we succeed, it catapults our emotions on a ride that can leave us feeling confused. She argues that the only way to beat the fear of failure and master the disorienting nature of success is to go “back home.” Not your family home but back to the work that you love to ground yourself back in your passion. A wise and worthwhile lesson for any business owner.

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