Not that long ago I saw this TED video and found it truly inspiring and motivational! Obviously I had to share this with you guys, I had to share the message: all of us have the chance to be great, all we need is a little reminder. In this TED Talk Adam Grant wonders about the question “How do creative people come up with Great Ideas?” He explains about his studies of ‘Originals’: creative thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to make them happen. In this talk he speaks about three unexpected habits he was able to recognize in Originals:
1. They Procrastinate (moderately)
With his research Adam discovered that the people who procrastinate get more creative ideas because they have more time to think about them in the back of their heads while procrastinating. Besides, the slight pressure of running late makes you think about other options which could work better/ faster and your brain is able to see more perspectives. However, if you procrastinate too long you won’t even have time to get creative so probably your results will be slacking. Make sure to find the right balance!
2. They are Full of Doubt and Fear
Adam explains that there are two types of doubts: self-doubt and ideas-doubt. Self-doubt is paralyzing and makes people scared to follow their ideas. Instead, originals don’t take fear and doubts personal: they realize that bad ideas are a part of growing and that they are still developing themselves. Originals are known for ‘booming’ later than others, because they take their time to think well and keep improving themselves until they are satisfied. The only thing Originals fear more than failure, is the fear of not trying at all!
3. They Fail All the Time
You would say that Originals come up with brilliant ideas and take their time to develop them into perfection. The reality is: they have lots of terrible ideas and simply keep trying till they find something that works. Actually it makes total sense: the more ideas you work on, the higher the chance there is some that works… am I right? So instead of being scared to try something, just go for it and see what happens!
Not only Adam Gilbert has been researching the creative qualities of people. Elizabeth Gilbert (the writer of Eat, Pray, Love) wrote a brilliant book which helps people to reach ‘creative living beyond fear’…. Who wouldn’t want to learn that?!
“Whether you long to write a book, create art, cope with challenges at work, embark on a long-held dream, or simply to make your everyday life more vivid and rewarding, Big Magic will take you on a journey of exploration filled with wonder and unexpected joys”
And guess what? I am going to give away Big Magic to one of you sweethearts! Congratulations… Naomi Rosheuvel!
For others that would love to hear a bit more about Elizabeth Gilbert dealing with her creative career fears, check out her TED Talk from 2009!
Lots of Love,