The Power of Vulnerability
Brene Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.
Your Elusive Creative Genius
"Eat, Pray, Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
My Year of Saying Yes to Everything || Shonda Rhimes
The legendary Shonda Rhimes created the TV hits Gray's Anatomy and Scandal, and is involved with three or four network series every season. That's a lot of work, and when it's going well--when she feels engaged and enthusiastic and at her creative peak--she calls that "the hum." But one day the hum stopped, and try as she might, she couldn't get it to start again, she explains in this deeply honest talk. Rhimes was bereft. But she was also a single mother who'd promised herself to say yes to everything asked of her that year. So when her toddler asked her to play as she was on her way out the door, instead of leaving she said "yes" and stopped to play for a while. And she promised herself that from then on, if humanly possible, she would stop and play whenever her children asked her. (As she points out, any child will get bored in 15 minutes or less, so it wasn't a schedule-crusher.) It was a great thing for her family, and to her surprise, by taking the time to play for a few minutes with her children, Rhimes brought the hum back to her work, as well. It's a great lesson for our overworked, overcommitted, always-in-the-zone times.