Ever find yourself at 3am falling down a binge watch rabbit-hole, watching the most popular series or revisiting an old? We have all been there and done that. For a generation that’s been known to overuse and abuse the hashtag #NetflixAndChill, it’s pretty evident that we love indulging in some good video pick-me-ups. However, once you’ve grown weary of your daily soaps and are looking to feel inspired or motivated, then look no further, because there’s no better way to procrastinate than by watching a TED talk for some thought provoking content.
Technology Entertainment & Design, otherwise known as TED, started as a one-off conference in California in 1984 and has grown into a global movement focused on “ideas worth spreading.” Ever since the speaker series launched, there are now more thousands of TED talks available online with honoured speakers from all over the world, even from our nation with noteworthy talks by Shashi Tharoor, computer scientist Pranav Mistry, Shah Rukh Khan among many more. But since TFE focuses on talks about the fashion industry, art and entrepreneurship, today we’ve rounded up 5 of the most educative and downright stimulating TED talks about creativity. Each talk is shorter than 25 minutes, so feel free to bookmark the videos for later consumption or binge away.
1. Your Elusive Creative Genius By Elizabeth Gilbert
After the massive success of her book ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Elizabeth Gilbert believed that her greatest work was behind her, that she had somehow peaked creatively. In this video, she’s talks about how she didn’t let her success slow her down or scare her in her career journey towards achieving more milestones. Above all, Gilbert makes a powerful case for the tremendous importance of showing up and doing your job — something we all intuitively understand but often roll our eyes at because it isn’t as exciting as the prospect of a thrilling creative epiphany that magically transforms our mediocrity into genius.
2. The Surprising Habits Of Original Thinkers By Adam Grant
Eight years ago, organizational psychologist Adam Grant passed on the opportunity to invest in the startup his student was launching — a company now known as Warby Parker, that was named the most innovative company in 2015. In this talk, Adam analyses the habits of innovators by admitting how wrong he was to not invest in the then-novel idea of Warby Parker and encourages the unanticipated habits of some healthy procrastination and fear.
3. How Frustration Can Make Us More Creative By Tim Harford
This talk changes our perception about challenges and problems we face in the creation process and gives new meaning to the saying that ‘creative people often flourish in clutter’. With the surprising story behind the best-selling solo piano album of all time as an example, Tim Harford may just convince you of the advantages of having to work with a little mess with a brilliant example that having to cope with all kinds of problems and imperfections can actually make us more creative.
4. The Art Of Innovation By Guy Kawasaki
In this video venture capitalist, author of 13 books and keynote speaker for entrepreneurs, Guy Kawasaki walks us through the key points on how to approach innovation — for those of you looking to refer to a textbook guide, this is it. He dives into the basics of innovation, which lie in the sole process of creating ‘something meaningful’ and how the creation passes through 11 phases.
5. Steal Like An Artist By Austin Kleon
This video is not so much about creativity but more about how it came to be with the argument that nothing is completely original — all creative work builds on something that came before it. Here, writer and artist Austin Kleon talks about the school of thought on how ‘Good artists copy, but great artists steal,’ a sentiment if investigated, has ran rampant in the fashion industry ever since the days of Coco Chanel and still rings true today.