One of the most rewarding aspects of doing this work...this work of creating...is that you immediately become part of an incredible community of like-minded people. Writers, photographers, interior designers, letterpress printers, lampshade makers, entrepreneurs...who share both the joys and frustrations of starting up, of developing processes that work, of dealing with clients and deadlines...and many other things that may not come naturally or willingly to the creative spirit. And beyond this...its a community of people who are always trying to understand creativity itself...talent...magic...the spark...the hum...whatever you choose to call it. Here is a collection of TED talks I've watched in the last week all of which tackle this curious and as Elizabeth Gilbert calls it, "elusive" subject. What is our calling? Where do ideas come from? What are the good and bad habits that necessarily come with them? What does it all mean! Pour yourself a cup of tea, a glass of wine, a cold-pressed juice...whatever floats your boat, and hit play.
Why Some of us Don't Have One True Calling | Emilie Wapnick
If you're one of those people - us people - who has many different interests, who dives into one practice with mad abandon and then eventually gets bored and tackles another one...this one's for you. Emilie Wapnick introduces her concept of "multipotentialites"..."jacks of all trades"...and for once, tells us its OK to be one. "It's rarely a waste of time to pursue something you're drawn to, even if you end up quitting," she says. Your multipotentialism is actually a blessing, not a curse, and you're needed in this world. You're needed very much. Hurrah!
The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers | Adam Grant
Procrastination can be a good thing! Adam Grant discusses how not investing in Warby Parker (now voted one of the most innovative companies in the world and valued at a billion dollars), lead him to some interesting discoveries about innovation, procrastination, doubt and creativity...and how all these energies come together in original thinkers. Take your time! It can only get better. Cue, next House of Cards episode.
My Year of Saying Yes to Everything | Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes...the titan behind Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder...and much more discusses the trouble with working too hard and the joy of rediscovering play. If SHE can make time to play...we all can.
Designing Books is no Laughing Matter, OK it is | Chip Kidd
This one is just hilarious. Whether or not you're interested in books, or design, or creativity...its a great to way to start the day on a light note. If you are...then its a fascinating look at the process of visualising the written word, of the simple and incredible power of typography, and one very funny man's approach to the creative process.
Your Elusive Creative Genius | Elizabeth Gilbert
And to end off with...one of my all-time favourites - and one I've watched many times before. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love talks about the fear and "doom" of worrying she'd never again top her international bestseller...and how this got her thinking about creativity, ideas, and where they come from. She delves back into the history of the muses and suggests, maybe its not about being a genius, so much as it is about having a genius. All ideas she continues to explore in her book Big Magic - which is also, very much worth a read. Creativity is magic - it really is.