Words of wisdom on creativity from the book Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon.
Looking for your calling in life? This is a fantastic TED Talk by Scott Dinsmore gives insight into finding your life’s work.
Find more from Scott Dinsmore on his website, Live Your Legend.
The one and only science badass Neil deGrasse Tyson tells us about the purpose of the universe or lack thereof.
You gotta love this guy.
Sometimes we just need a reminder.
In this lecture, Professor Phili Zimbardo explains how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health, and well-being. According to Zimbardo, there are six ways to perceive time:
- Past Positive: Looking at the past as the good old times
- Past Negative: Looking at the past as a time filled with regrets
- Present Hedonistic: Maximizing immediate pleasure & minimizing pain
- Present Fated: Things happen because of circumstances
- Future Oriented: Working to succeed in the future & resisting temptation
- Future Fated: Focused on the afterlife
Check out the video below.
Time clearly influences who we are as people, how we view our relationships, and how we act in the world.
John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), delivered a memorable TED Talk focused around the areas of art, design, technology, and their role in leadership. Check it out below.
I recently re-watched one of my favorite TED Talks: How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek. In it, Simon introduces us to a very simple concept he calls the Golden Circle (above) and a very simple message, Start with WHY.
So what is the Golden Circle? Essentially it breaks down into three areas, starting from the middle and moving outwards:
Why = your purpose, your beliefs
How = your value proposition
What = your product
The Why (your beliefs) is what resonates most with your most loyal consumers and fans. It is this approach, starting with why, that separates Apple from every other consumer device company out there right now.
It sounds simple and obvious, but then why are there so many poor products and businesses out there today? So just a reminder, whenever you start something, be sure to first think about the Why and let that lead the way.
Check out the full talk below.
The following are four recent TED Talks that I loved on a range of topics that are all very intriguing.
1. Why We Will Fail To Have Great Careers
This talk by Larry Smith at TEDxUW explores why of us will fall short in accomplishing our goals.
2. The Power of Introverts
Susan Cain explains the power and value of introverts, something often overlooked in society.
3. The Happy Secret to Better Work
Shawn Achor tells how to be happier and work better in this talk from TEDxBloomington.
4. There Are No Mistakes on the Bandstand
Mistakes have no place on the bandstand with Stefon Harris via TED.
The following infographic is pretty eye-opening, as it shows you the ‘illusion of choice‘ we have when it comes to our media outlets.The simple fact that 6 companies control 90% of the media in the U.S. is baffling to say the least. Does it matter?