Here is a letter that German Director Werner Herzog wrote to Liz gilbert’s friend, an Italian Filmmaker, in response to his letter to Werner complaining about his career...

“Quit your complaining. It’s not the world’s fault that you wanted to be an artist. It’s not the world’s job to enjoy the films you make, and it’s certainly not the world’s obligation to pay for your dreams. Nobody wants to hear it. Steal a camera if you must, but stop whining and get back to work.”

May this set you free.


How much time do we spend on Facebook spying on what work someone else is doing rather than just doing our own? How much time is wasted forcing friends to listen to us grip and moan about how hard it all is? How much of that time could we have redirected into the creation of something????

When we complain about reality we cut ourselves off from the magic that creates a new one.

When we reinforce the bad, we disconnect from the potential good. Always waiting, never arriving.

Liz suggests there are very valid reasons why complaining is not only detrimental but obnoxious and pointless...

  1. 1)  Every artist complains. Therefor it is boring, unoriginal, dead and boring.

  2. 2)  Captain obvious! Of course it is difficult to create! And everyone who tries to create

    knows this!

  3. 3)  Everyone is too focused on their own “stuff” to actually care, listen to or give a f$*ck

    about your complaint.

  4. 4)  You are scaring away inspiration!!!! Inspiration gets offended.

If you had a lover and you were always bad mouthing them; they don’t show up enough for me, they are so elusive, they don’t make my life easier, they don’t give me enough money or attention blah blah blah...said lover would be a fool to stay.

And inspiration is no fool.
There are PLENTY of open, happy, grateful artists out there inspiration can play with.

Inspiration, like people, love to go where it’s warm.

If you are constantly complaining then all you will be able to manifest is more to complain about.

You are so powerful! Look at you creating! You are just not creating what you WANT by collecting evidence of what you DON’T WANT.

Liz suggests the most simple, yet elegant door number 2:

Try saying “I enjoy my creativity.”

Are you thinking...what???? That’s it?

Yes. That’s it.

The hard part is simply MEANING IT.

Quantum physics tells us that when our THOUGHTS and FEELINGS are aligning CONSISTENTLY over time, we manifest.

If we want a sustained, joyful relationship to creativity and inspiration, we must consistently FEEL joy and love for it. And once you start looking it is actually very easy. but it will never come from scrolling on Facebook or complaining.

It will come if you get to work. And work with love.

Try it.
Maybe even post Werner’s letter somewhere where you will always be reminded.

Complaining is cheap.
It’s below you.
And it is below the art you are here to create.

This week EVERY TIME you catch yourself in a complaint: STOP

STOP: Catch it. Notice.
DROP: Decide to drop it. It isn’t FOR you.
ROLL: Turn in over. Turn it around. Instead of this complaint what could you celebrate or be grateful for? How could you amplify love here instead of lack?

The reward is the work. Natalie

Jen Rudolph