Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love discusses how both fear and success can drive us away from creativity in her talk Success, Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating. Both extremes bring us to a place of paralyze where we are afraid that we will either never succeed or that we will never live up to our past success. In both cases, the remedy is to find your way back to your creative home. Gilbert explains:
For me, going home meant returning to the work of writing because writing was my home, because I loved writing more than I hated failing at writing, which is to say that I loved writing more than I loved my own ego, which is ultimately to say that I loved writing more than I loved myself.
Finding your creative home is identifying your passion and pursuing it wholeheartedly. When you are grounded in the work that you love, it doesn’t matter if it results in great success or great failure. Gilbert says that if you ever find yourself lost, follow your way back home by “putting your head down and performing with diligence and devotion and respect and reverence whatever the task is that love is calling forth from you next.” Watch the talk here: