When we hear stories about people who follow their passion and make their dreams come true, we often focus on the uplifting nature and beauty of the journey. Sometimes, it even appears as if the pieces simply fall into place once someone answers the call to follow their passion. The reality however, says Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, isn't always as idyllic.
Gilbert chronicled her yearlong quest of self-discovery in her bestselling memoir -- a journey that she tells Oprah was formed by the ups and downs that come with embarking on adventure into the unknown. For anyone else planning to do the same, Gilbert shares a critical piece of advice.