#TheWeekly8: These TED Talks Will Change Your Life…

Hey guys!

 

Happy Hump Wednesday!

 

{Fun Fact: In America, some people refer to Wednesday as hump day. The reason? Because Wednesday is in the middle of the work week, people often see it as a “hump” that they must get over in order to get closer to the end of week.}

 

If you read Monday’s post, you would notice a theme this week. I am feeling very inspirational. Remember at the beginning of the year I said we have to make conscious efforts to be happy? Well, this is me making a very conscious effort. And just in case there is anyone out there who is feeling a little down, I want to share these TED talks with you. 

 

I really really love the idea of TED talks. It’s great that people can come share their stories and inspire others, it gives you hope that you are not alone and you will get through whatever you are going through. Eventually. If I was ever going to give a TED talk, I think it would about books and the way they changed, no the way they saved me. But that’s a post for another time.

 

These talks center around creativity, culture, personal development, work and life. All of them are in my interest catchment area, does that make any sense?  Alright, let’s watch some talks, yeah? Coolies…

DISCLAIMER: All italicized words are from the TED website

 

 

 

1-  Elizabeth Gilbert {Your Elusive Creative Genius} This is my fave!

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

 

 

 

2- Emilie Wapnick {Why Some Of Us Don’t Have One True Calling}

What do you want to be when you grow up? Well, if you’re not sure you want to do just one thing for the rest of your life, you’re not alone. In this illuminating talk, writer and artist Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls “multipotentialites” — who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime. Are you one?

 

 

 

3- David Kelley {How To Build Your Creative Confidence}

Is your school or workplace divided into “creatives” versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create.

 

 

 

4- Lisa Bu {How Books Can Open Your Mind}

What happens when a dream you’ve held since childhood … doesn’t come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of books.

 

 

5- Adam Grant {Are You A Giver Or A Taker?}

In every workplace, there are three basic kinds of people: givers, takers and matchers. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant breaks down these personalities and offers simple strategies to promote a culture of generosity and keep self-serving employees from taking more than their share.

 

 

 

6- Astro Teller {The Unexpected Benefit Of Celebrating Failure}

“Great dreams aren’t just visions,” says Astro Teller, “They’re visions coupled to strategies for making them real.” The head of X (formerly Google X), Teller takes us inside the “moonshot factory,” as it’s called, where his team seeks to solve the world’s biggest problems through experimental projects like balloon-powered Internet and wind turbines that sail through the air. Find out X’s secret to creating an organization where people feel comfortable working on big, risky projects and exploring audacious ideas.

 

 

 

7- John Wooden {The Difference Between Winning And Succeeding}

With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father’s wisdom.

 

 

 

8- Stefan Sagmeister {The Power Of Time Off}

Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali.

 

 

**BONUS** Elizabeth Gilbert {Success, Failure And The Drive To Keep Creating} I love her so much. She is my spirit animal.

Elizabeth Gilbert was once an “unpublished diner waitress,” devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple — though hard — way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.

 

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