If its possible to overdose on self-help books, self-help articles, self-help memes … well you get the idea, then I’m the poster child for self-help addiction.
In all of my years of overindulging, and it has been years – I’ve just simply gotten better at hiding it like all good addicts, I have learned a few things. Chief among those are that most of them all say the same things, so its not so much the message, but the messenger who is important.
The particular way a person has of explaining a concept so that it resonates with you, stays with you is key.
Everyone has experienced this at one time or another – we just don’t always realize it. Or at least we don’t until a friend or family member breaks in to our re-telling of a particularly good piece of advice with “I told you the same thing last week.”
One of my favorite authors and speakers on creativity is Elizabeth Gilbert. She did a TED talk years ago that I return to again and again. Despite being about 20 minutes in length, I can listen to it over again without fast-forwarding to the good parts because the entire thing is the great part.
I was reminded of her talk the other day in a conversation and her words, her message seem particularly timely to me right now. I thought I’d share it with you here. You’ll have to let me know if it resonates for you too.