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- An important lessons Elizabeth learned from her best friend Rayya: The truth has legs
- “It’s the only thing that will be left standing in the end” – Elizabeth Gilbert
- “You can’t be good at grief…it’s not something to be mastered. It’s something to be survived.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
- Grief is like a wave, you have to let it come over you. If you resist, it will only hurt you more.
- Elizabeth uses a notecard system to help her write her books
- She writes down one lesson on each notecard, what book it came from, and places it with notecards that relate to that topic
- “All of the preparation that I do is to help myself during the hard part which is the actual creating a novel and I want to give myself all the help I can” – Elizabeth Gilbert
- Out of all of her research and notecards, only about 20% of it makes it into the book
- “You don’t know what you’re gonna need, you want to kind of over prepare” – Elizabeth Gilbert
- How to do an Integrity Cleanse: Set an alarm to go off every 30 minutes and you ask yourself if you’re lying
- If find yourself lying to yourself, make a correction
- “No more polite social lies, nothing” – Elizabeth Gilbert
- Elizabeth treats her email inbox like your home, if a stranger enters without asking, she’ll delete the email immediately
- “Get out of my house, you’re not supposed to be here” – Elizabeth Gilbert
- Elizabeth’s go-to message for saying no in a polite way:
- “Thank you so much, I’m really honored that you invited me to this but I’m not going to be able to do this at this time” – Elizabeth Gilbert
- When you say no to something, don’t give a reason. That way people can’t manipulate you into saying yes.
- “If you provide really specific reasons for why you can’t do it and you elaborate, you’ve just created a potential negotiation” – Tim Ferriss
- The mind is brand new compared to the body. The body can tell what is right or wrong often long before the brain can:
- “If I look back at…the biggest business disasters or partnerships, I knew on day one that it was a bad idea or there was something I felt that indicated discomfort” – Tim Ferriss
- “I knew the night before my wedding that this was a mistake” – Elizabeth Gilbert