As much as I love reading on my commute, there are some mornings where I can’t quite face the thought of sticking my nose in a book under the glare of the bus’ fluorescent lights and instead pick up my headphones instead. For the past few weeks, I’ve been spending my bus journey diving into the TED Talks podcast, also known as TED Radio Hour, where Guy Raz and guests discuss ideas, inventions and problems with highlights from some of the best TED Talks. Each show has a theme or a topic, which numerous people then give their two cents on. Covering topics including virtual reality, the answer to happiness, the art of sleep and what the future of technology looks like, they are a fantastic dose of inspiration and get my mind ready to approach whatever the day has to throw at me in a creative way.
I was first introduced to TED Talks when I was at university, and I’ve found myself being drawn to them whenever I need a little boost ever since. There are so many fascinating people in the world and I love hearing their stories! I watch the talks on basically any topics going, but I thought I’d share ten of my favourites for creatives, be it about inspiration, confidence or dealing with rejection.
1. How to Build Your Creative Confidence from designer David Kelly challenges the idea of people either being creative or practical and discusses how anyone can be creative if they have the confidence.
2. Your Elusive Creative Genius by Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert is pretty similar, sharing thoughts on our “inner genius” and how to find it.
3. What I Learned From 100 Days of Rejection by Jia Jiang covers that ever so sensitive topic of rejection, something a lot of people fear. This was a great insight into the philosophy of “if you don’t ask, you don’t get”!
4. The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers covers psychologist Adam Grant’s studies into creative people and how they approach life, including their reactions to failure.
5. How Frustration Can Make Us More Creative sees Tim Harford, an economist and journalist, tackle the subject of how challenging yourself can help to increase your creativity.
6. The Unexpected Benefit of Celebrating Failure by Astro Teller discusses how out of the box ideas can be useful in solving the world’s problems, even if they don’t quite go as planned.
7. Be An Opportunity Maker comes from writer Kare Anderson, who reflects on her own personal shyness and how she wanted to help other people share their passions.
8. My Year of Saying Yes To Everything features Grey’s Anatomy writer and producer Shonda Rhimes chatting about getting stuck into projects and stepping out of your comfort zone.
9. Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling is one of my absolute favourites and sees career coach Emilie Wapnick discussing having a range of “callings” in your life. As someone who wanted to be a storm chaser, then a journalist, then a baker, then work in fashion, then be an air hostess, then work in marketing… it just makes sense.
10. Four Lessons in Creativity by Julie Burstein shares four of the lessons she’s learned from her experiences chatting with creative people. Covering challenge, self-doubt and loss from the perspective of some very different professions, it’s an interesting look at how creativity works.