Okay, I admit it. I’m backdating this post to Saturday. It’s been one heck of a week and with rushing back from Ocean City, Maryland it didn’t get posted. BUT…Julie Burstein’s TED talk is too good NOT to put up here. Julie is a radio producer, author, and public speaker. She interviewed many artists, writers, sculptors and many other “creative types” – probing, guiding, and creating public radio programs about them and their work. All of this culminated in her book Spark: How Creativity Works, which is pretty darn awesome.
In this talk, Burstein identifies four lessons that creative people should embrace (the list I’ll admit I gaacked from Kate Torgovnik who has a great blog post about creativite TED videos that is a definite must-read):
- Pay attention to the world around you, and be open to experiences that might change you.
- Realize that the best work often comes out of the life experiences that are most difficult.
- Get comfortable with the fact that pushing up against a limitation can actually help you find your voice.
- Don’t be afraid to explore loss — be it rejection, heartbreak or death — because making beauty out of these things is so powerful.