We’re all in this together.
It’s the start of a brand spanking new year and it’s high time to set some new goals, reprioritize our agendas and hit “start” on all of those pending projects we have in the pipeline. Before I dive in to a New Year, setting expectations, hopes, dreams and goals, I like to allow myself a little space to allow the creative juices to run wild. Some of my best ideas have come when I’m driving from point A to point B in the car or in my backyard tending to the rose garden. Another quick and easy way that I have found that injects a dose of motivation and creativity into my life is by listening to podcasts and TED talks.
The best part about TED talks is that they don’t take up a lot of time. I have found that since I’ve started listening to a few here and there, it has really expanded my horizons in terms of the way I think and come up with ideas. It also is providing my nice topics of conversation at meetings, dinners and events.
This is probably one of my favorites, by OK Go, on how to find a wonderful idea. I don’t know if you’ve listened and seen OK Go’s incredible music videos, but they truly are masterpieces. They’ve been hired to create Super Bowl commercials, warehouse sized machines and award wining concepts and I’ve always been so amazed by their creations and have wondered how they come up with such incredible ideas. I really loved this TED talk because it taught me how to not overthink and idea and just role with things as they come. I’ve listened to this at least three time – if not more!
In an effort to stop biting my nails, I listened to Judson Brewer’s TED talk on how to break a bad habit. Judson Brewer is a psychiatrist who talks about practicing mindfulness and addiction. Whether it’s overeating, smoking or biting your nails, this TED talk is a great listen for anyone wanting to gain control over a bad habit.
There are a few more TED talks that I have on my “to listen” list that I wanted to share:
- Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to care: Artist and poet Cleo Wade shares an inspiring poem about having a well-lived life
- Here’s Why Motivation Isn’t Enough
- How to gain control of your free time: Laura Vanderkam shares some insight on time management, creating priorities and how to create a better and more fulfilling life.
- How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over
- Know your worth, and then ask for it: Pricing consultant Casey Brown shares how to define and communicate your value.
- Less stuff, more happiness: Writer and designer Grant Hill makes as case for having less “stuff” and editing your life.
- The power of vulnerability: Researcher and storyteller, Brene Brown, shares something profound that changed her perception and ultimately changed the way she lived.
- There’s more to life than being happy: Journalist Emily Esfahani Smith talks about the difference between a happy life and a meaningful life.
- Your elusive creative genius: ‘Eat, Pray, Love‘ author, Elizabeth Gilbert gives a motivation talk on the concept that we all have “have” a genius.
- How to find work you love: Live Your Legend founder, Scott Dinsmore, shares the worst career advice he ever got, how to figure out what matters to you and find work you are passionate about.
I would LOVE your TED talk and/or podcast suggestions. Please leave them in the comments below.