Creativity is a funny thing. It’s always running, just not in the direction you’d like it to. Some days you spend in bed or staring at your computer screen thinking about everything else except that project you should be working on. Then come in self-doubt and that feeling of hopeless demotivation. Well it’s not you. Or maybe it is, but all it takes a little push or perhaps a gentle reminder to get you back in your groove. Look no further, we’ve rounded up some of the best TED Talks that will fuel your creativity and put you back in the mood to get shit done.
When you think an idea is too crazy… Taking Imagination Seriously by Janet Echelman Janet Echelmen wanted to be a painter, but was rejected by 7 different art schools, before she decided to teach herself and continue painting for ten years. She was offered an exhibition of her paintings in India, but as fate would have it, the paintings got lost in transit. As she was walking down the shore of a little fishing village in Mahabalipuram, she saw a bunch of fishing nets and an idea was planted in her mind. One thing led to another, and today Janet weaves billowing structures that are the size of huge buildings. Her work of art is quirky, artistic and geeky at the same time, and a constant reminder that the more idiosyncratic an idea sounds, the more you should pursue it.
When you feel that creativity or success is eluding you…
Your Elusive Creative Genius by Elizabeth Gilbert Elizabeth Gilbert is the writer of the international bestseller Eat. Pray. Love. In this TED Talk is addresses the one question that gnaws at every creative artist’s choice of career: “What if spend your whole life working on this craft, but you never succeed?” In perhaps the most witty, honest and hilarious way Elizabetth beautifully tells you how your creative process can be something transcendental instead of anxiety-inducing. But more than that, she tells you how to reconcile with the anguish stemming from notion that you probably won’t ever be able to replicate your previous creative success. Note: Also watch her other equally helpful TED Talk – Success, Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating!
When being a square peg in a world full of round holes brings you down… The Beauty of Being a Misfit by Lidia Yuknavitch Don’t most creative geniuses have their personal demons to fight? Aren’t these very demons what make you a misfit? How often have you felt like an imposter and unambitious, undeserving of your success? Although these very things inspire art, every now and then, it catches up with you and scares the living hell out of you. Lidia Yuknavitch gives all creative misfits the courage and honesty they deserve.
When you’re lost about whether this is a good story… The Clues to a Great Story by Andrew Stanton “Make me care”, Andrew (filmmaker of Toy Story and Wall-E) says when he talks about the greatest storytelling commandment. Writers and filmmakers, will especially find this extremely useful. Because, how often have you started working on a story only to halfway through it realize that this is a load of bullshit? Andrew suggests you start backwards. Watch and learn!
When you realize you’re a chronic procrastinator… Inside the mind of a master procrastinator by Tim Urban
Now isn’t this a struggle most of us are all too familiar with? Tim Urban, writer of the awesome blog Wait But Why, takes you inside the mind of a master procrastinator. While at it, he tells you exactly why procrastination happens, how you fall prey to it every time and how you should not tackle it, but actually use it to your advantage.
When you’re too afraid to ask… The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer Crowdfunding rockstar, talent powerhouse and all round badass, Amanda f***ing Palmer reminds us that the days of future are here, and that instead of fighting the fact that digital content is freely shareable, artists should embrace and forge a whole new dynamic with their fans. “Don’t make people pay for music. Let them”, she says. And how does one do that? By mastering the Art of Asking.
When you’re struggling with original ideas… Play This Game to Come Up with Original Ideas by Shimpei Takahashi In a time where everything has been done and dusted, how does one maintain originality? More importantly, how does one manage to do with a greater frequency? Toy Designer Shimpei Takahashi suggest this hilariously entertaining method that’ll get those ideas spouting in no time. So, what do you think? Feel the wheels of your brain turning yet? Tell us which is your favourite TED Talk!