As a photographer and graphic designer I fully understand the lifestyle and mentality of a creative. We don’t see the world like everyone else. We’re easily inspired and often find ourselves obsessed with an idea or project. In an ideal world we’d have unlimited resources and time to work on what we’re passionate about. That world doesn’t exist and sometimes we lose motivation or lack inspiration because outside of our art, there is a world that pulls for our attention. Times when we’d love to focus on art, other responsibilities arise and require our energy and focus. This naturally occurring phenomenon known as living can leave an artist unmotivated to do the very thing that fulfills him/her.
During one my moments of dwindling motivation, I went to YouTube to find something, anything to rekindle my creativity and I found my first TED Talk. TED is a non-profit organization that focuses on spreading ideas from the worlds of technology, entertainment, and design. The videos from TED have received millions upon millions of views and for good reason. Experts, let me rephrase that, individuals with brilliant ideas are given an platform to express their genius to the world. I frequent this site to listen, learn, gain insight and apply the information to my life. There is wisdom to be discovered in these videos. Take the time to feed the artist within you with a Ted Talk or two. The dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately.
Check out two of my favorite Ted Talks:
Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
Sarah Kay: How many lives can you live?