What do rejection and success have in common? In this TED Talk, Elizabeth Gilbert, the acclaimed author of Eat, Pray, Love, explains why achievement can be just as disorienting as failure. Discover how to restore your drive after experiencing either of these extremes.
What You’ll Learn
After completing the work on this page, you will be able to:
- Comprehend what great failure and great success have in common
- Define what you consider to be “your house”
- Recall how to “find your way back home” after rejection or triumph
Watch the Video
After watching the video, reflect on the following questions. Jot down your thoughts. Consider sharing this video with a colleague or a work group for an insightful discussion.
- Have you ever experienced deep rejection or profound victory? What impact did that have on you? How did you manage to navigate back “home”?
- According to Elizabeth Gilbert, you should build your house on worthiness. For her, it’s all about writing. Where do you build your house and why is that significant to you?
- This week, take note of your failures and successes, big or small. How did these affect you? Did you find your drive to keep going? If so, how?
Here’s more to spark your thinking on this topic:
- How happy are you? Learn about your happiness set point and how to move the needle in the Huffington Post two-part article Resetting Your Happiness Set Point: Part 1 and Part 2.
- Ever feel like your job should be making you happier? Discover why in the Harvard Business Review article Happiness Traps by Annie McKee. Note: Harvard Business Review limits you to 4 free articles per month. This will count as one of your free downloads.