The New York Times writes about how Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love, overcame her fear of singing in public to raise money for a nonprofit that helps orphans in Nepal. Gilbert recalls:
I said to myself, “You’re not allowed to [be afraid] anymore. You spend your life telling people they have to take creative risks, and you’re about to publish this book that’s essentially a manifesto.”
Her singing paid off. “Gilbert, through her karaoke stunt, was able to raise more than $100,000 for the organization,” the article notes.