TC 278: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Persistence

TC 278: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Persistence

In this episode we continue our discussion of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. This week Robin, Amy, Michelle, and Gloria discuss the section on Persistence.   This is the longest section so far, which may be telling as to how important persistence is in achieving the “creative life” that we’re seeking. Sometimes it all boils down to just showing up each day, every day. Key concept People must be persistent when it comes to creativity in the face of all odds, including negative criticism that they may encounter.  When a person is persistent in spite of the odds, that is when the real work is being done. Persistence is a crucial part of the creative process. “On bad days, when I felt no inspiration at all, I...

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TC 277: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Permission

TC 277: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Permission

In this episode we continue our discussion of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. This week we’re talking about Permission. In Big Magic, Gilbert writes: “Defending yourself as a creative person begins by defining yourself. It begins when you declare your intent. Stand up tall and say it aloud, whatever it is.” Key concept from this section: You don’t need permission to be creative; it is an instinctual part of being human. If anything, people should embrace their creative entitlement. And if you’re not an “artist” you still don’t need permission to live a creative life, no matter what type of work you do. You can be a creative engineer, a creative nurse, farmer, or any other occupation. It’s not...

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TC 276: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Enchantment

TC 276: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Enchantment

In this episode we continue our discussion of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. This week we’re talking about Enchantment and the concept that ideas are “an energetic life form”.   Key concept from this section: Creativity can be seen as magical in not just the figurative sense of the concept, but the literal interpretation of inspiration and creation as “the supernatural, the mystical, the inexplicable, the surreal, the divine, the transcendent, the otherwordly . . . a force of enchantment — not entirely human in its origins.” The power and nature of inspiration and the way it works are magical as well. How Ideas Work As Elizabeth says in the section on How Ideas Work “I believe that our...

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TC 275: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Courage

TC 275: Cafe Book Club – Big Magic: Courage

In this episode of the Transformation Cafe podcast we launch our new Cafe Book Club! We discuss part I of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. http://media.blubrry.com/transformation_cafe/p/content.blubrry.com/transformation_cafe/TC275.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS | More Part I – Courage In this section Gilbert shares several stories about how people overcame their own fears and encouraged others to do the things that brought them joy. People must have the courage to live a creative life, which is also considered an amplified life. They must face any fears they might have that can hinder their creativity. Main points: Creativity can be scary; your self-critic will come up with a...

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TC 274: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

TC 274: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

In this episode of the Transformation Cafe, Robin and her guests discuss the book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, and announce our new Cafe Book Club! Let’s get creative! Announcing the Cafe Book Club The Cafe Book Club is a live on-air discussion starting Tuesday, October 27 at 8 PM PST. To participate in the live discussion through BlogTalkRadio, call (646) 727-3206, or visit online at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/transformationcafe.  In addition to the live on-air discussion, we’re introducing a new Discussion Forum where you can post your thoughts, ask questions, and interact with other readers. We want to encourage lively conversation, so please take a moment to go to Transformation-Cafe.com and sign up. You can use...

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TC 273: Praise and Gratitude at Work

TC 273: Praise and Gratitude at Work

In this week’s Transformation Cafe podcast, host Robin Masiewicz welcomes her sister Amy Frost and Amy’s husband Major Ross Bryant, USA Retired, to discuss praise and gratitude in the workplace. Ross and Amy both have extensive experience working with and leading teams. Currently Ross is the Director of Veterans Services at UNLV, and has built his team from the ground up. In the discussion, Ross stresses the importance of communication, respect, not punishing people for honest mistakes, accountability, and other characteristics to build an effective team. “Praise is good, but it has to be grounded in a sense of reality and teamwork and accomplishment that brings value to where people are really energized about being part of the team.”...

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