When I saw that Elizabeth Gilbert was coming to Minneapolis, I bought a ticket. I

was amazed to discover I was one of about 1300 people in the room (about 9 of

whom were male). I was even more surprised when Gilbert got a standing ovation

for walking into the room. Clearly I’m a late arrival for Team Gilbert.

Once you read Big Magic, you’ll probably be ready to enlist. It’s a book about being open

to positive change—and for Gilbert, that means it’s a book about managing fear. For

me, one of her best insights is refuting the notion of “following your passion.”

Passion, she says, is a big thing, and it’s reserved for the few, the geniuses. For the

rest of us, following our curiosity is more than enough to bring us to happiness and,

yes, success.

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