I like to think about where my ideas come from. I don’t believe they come strictly from me but rather they come through me. A friend of mine once said that all the media I play with funnel through “the Marti filter”. I like that idea.
“Eat, Pray, Love” author, Elizabeth Gilbert gave a brilliant talk on idea ownership at a TED conference. Here’s the write up:
Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
She talks about the muses and our relationship with them/it. She mentioned singer/songwriter Tom Waits reported argument with his muse. The upshot is we don’t own our ideas, we steward them. Thus when they hit big, we don’t own the accolades that might accompany that, but by the same reasoning should our creative ideas fail, we’re not fully responsible for that either.
I like this idea because rather than being too attached to what I produce, good or bad, I try to stay attached to its purpose. Which in my case, my Artist’s Statement or Mission is simply to add smiles onto the globe through my efforts. Usually this is what happens. Not always, not immediately but eventually usually this is the net result.
Below is Ms. Gilbert’s TED talk I mentioned. Worth a look if you’ve ever pondered your own creative processes.