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Elizabeth Gilbert:
Success, failure and the drive to keep creating

TED2014 · 7:18 · Filmed Mar 2014
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Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, failure and the drive to keep creating
7:18 · Filmed March 2014 at TED2014 · Subtitles available in 31 languages

Elizabeth Gilbert was once an "unpublished diner waitress," devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of 'Eat, Pray, Love,' she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple — though hard — way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.

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The author of 'Eat, Pray, Love,' Elizabeth Gilbert has thought long and hard about some big topics. Her fascinations: genius, creativity and how we get in our own way when it comes to both. Full bio
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