Do you love what you do? Do you believe you arrived in this world to do something different? Are you putting off your need for soul searching?
Finding your why
These TED talks help you find your “Why” and “How”, to live your life of purpose and ignite your creative spark.
Happy listening and soul searching! It’s time to quell your fears, find your purpose, spark your creativity, push your limits and live the life you dream of!
TED picks to fuel your search
TED Talks – videos that help you find your purpose!
This TED talk by Scott Dinsmore is an inspiration to people who want to live their dreams. So is the amazing community that Scott created. Scott is no more, but he has built a thriving worldwide community of people who’ve found or are finding the work they love. Live Your Legend is now a brand, a huge community, a support group and a lovely team – at once. Listen to this deceptively simple talk by Scott.
A master storyteller and an advocate to youth leadership – Larry Smith, has mentored many students on starting up, business management and career progression. In this funny and blatantly honest talk, Larry takes a no holds barred approach to naming the lame excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their heart’s desires. Larry encourages us to leave the excuses behind, start trying and pursue the work we’d love.
Some of us have more than one thing that we want to do with our lives. In this reassuring talk, author, artist and career coach, Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls “multipotentialites” — people who have many interests or careers over their lifetime. A multipotentialite herself, and having moved from interest to interest, building on her own skills in different areas, Emily gives this illuminating talk for people with wide and varied interests, to pursue their passions
Each of us has two selves, says David Brooks in this amazing short talk: one of them craves for success, building a résumé, while the other one longs for connection, community and love — the virtues that are worthy of a true eulogy. Common men and women are torn between the material pursuits and the spiritual ones. David draws a simple conclusion based on the thinking of Joseph Soloveitchik, a rabbi who wrote a book called “The Lonely Man Of Faith”, that there are two sides of our natures, which Soloveitchik called Adam I and Adam II.
In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: “Before I die I want to ___.”, so anyone walking by can pick up a piece of chalk, reflect on their life, and share their personal aspirations in public space. Passers by wrote some very interesting answers — surprising, poignant, funny — that became an unexpected mirror for the community. It’s time to reflect on your answer too!
TED ideas to ignite your creative spark
How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies “originals”: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. “The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,” Grant says. “You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.”
With help from some a footage of a flash mob, Derek Sivers, a professional musician, best known as the founder of CD Baby, beautifully brings out the insights on how movements really get started. Taking audience through a movement from start to finish and drawing parallels to leadership and motivation, he elicits a surprising truth about who and what it takes to be the leader.
In a world spoilt for choice and short on time, our natural tendency is to ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing master, Seth Godin explains that the weird and bizarre ideas are more successful than the dull and boring ones. Drawing inferences from the business world and his own marketing mantra, Seth puts across the logical message that getting ideas to spread matters more important than the ideas themselves
Most of us were at some point in our lives – in school or workplace were pitted into either of the categories: “creatives” or “practical people”. David Kelley in this inspiring talk, brings out the fact that creativity is not an exclusive domain. Narrating stories from his own career and personal life, he suggests ideas to build the confidence to create, coming out of the shell of fear of judgement on our creative pursuits. So here’s some solid proof: Creativity can be taught and acquired too!
Kirby Ferguson in this hilariously refreshing talk, says Nothing is original. Drawing upon examples from the music industry and the legendary Bob Dylan to the iconic Steve Jobs, he says our most accomplished innovators borrow, steal and transform. Kirby completely shakes up the copyright laws and proves his point that everything is a remix and that we are dependent on each other for creativity.
Ideas are often attributed to an individual’s “Eureka!” moments. Steven Johnson, from his study of the coffee houses of London renders a totally different perspective on creativity. He infers that we take ideas from people we are associated with, learnt from, and the ones we run into in a coffee shop. We stitch the ideas together into newer variations to create something new. That is how innovation happens says Steven.
Radio host Julie Burstein, from her own experince writing a book on creativity, Julie states that creativity grows out of everyday experiences more often than you might think, including letting go. She shares four wonderful lessons about how to nurture creativity amidst challenge, self-doubt and loss that often plagues us. Julie draws her inspirational message from the lives and work of filmmaker Mira Nair, writer Richard Ford, sculptor Richard Serra and photographer Joel Meyerowitz.
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