If you work from home, motivation and inspiration can sometimes be an issue. The benefits of being in an office is that colleagues, bosses and perhaps friends to push you to achieve new goals and help you to exceed even yourself. You may find that even when working in the most comfortable home office environment (clothed in your dressing gown accompanied by a fresh pot of tea and Cash in the Attic on in the background) your laptop may stare at you intimidatingly, its dull glow pushing your for creative ideas.
TED offers a plethora of inspirational & motivational videos in a non-preachy fashion; ranging from speakers who are heads of different industries to ordinary people who have achieved fantastic things within their lives. The TED talks are full of concepts that really make one think and perhaps may give you that kick you need.
Ric Elias “ 3 Things I learned while my plane crashed”
In this talk, Ric Elias shares his harrowing experience of having a front row ticket to a plane crash in the Hudson River, New York, in 2009. However instead of delving into how scary the ordeal was and the subsequent horrific details surrounding it, Ric talks about his thought process moments before impact and how the event has ultimately affected his life for the better. “I was given the gift to see into the future, and to come back and live differently”.
Andrew Stanton – The clues to a great story
All artists can sometimes hit a creative block, so it’s always useful to sometimes resort to basics and get some tips from one of the world’s best story grafters Andrew Stanton (Toy Story, WALL-E, Finding Nemo, John Carter etc.). Listening to this man speak about the ways to hook audiences in with certain elements with such vigour will definitely give you that get-go to tap away a novel on your keyboard.
Matt Cutts – Try something new for 30 days
Geeky computer scientist Matt Cutts decided to challenge himself to try something new every 30 days of his life, ranging from writing his own novel to climbing Kilimanjaro. This talk goes to show that 30 days are going to pass you by whether you like it or not, so why not utilise those 30 days to try something you’ve always wanted to do? Truly inspiring stuff.
Mattieau Ricard: Habits of Happiness
In this uplifting talk, Matteaiu Ricard (Buddhist monk, photographer and author) debates whether people are able to train their minds in habits of happiness. If you’re feeling a bit low and the looming grey sheet of sky outside the window is just getting a bit too much, watch this video and find out where your priorities in life should really lie – in the wellbeing of your soul.
David Blaine – How I held my breath for 17 minutes
World-renowned magician and stuntman David Blaine talks about how he went about tackling the challenge of breaking the world record of holding his breath underwater. On watching this you will be truly captivated by David’s story, as he takes you on the journey of how he fought his own body and brain to achieve something truly amazing.
Aimee Mullins – How my legs give me super powers
Have you ever woke up in the morning, looked in the mirror and seen a spot on your face which you thought everyone would notice instantly? Paralympic athlete, model, actor and author Aimee Mullins puts it all in perspective for you, as she presents her story of how she defines what beauty is and what it means to have a disability. “Pamela Anderson has more prosthetics in her body than me and nobody calls her disabled!’
Shea Hembrey – How I became 100 artists
Shea Hembrey comes from a “hick’ background but also a truly intellectual one and his quirky upbringing led him to create an international art show featuring the work of a hundred different artists. However, Shea did not have contacts at all of 100 different artists,so he created artists himself; the personas, the biography, their individual concepts and even the art. In this talk, Shea shows samples of the art he created much to the audiences delight. This goes to show that with true passion, determination and just simply thinking outside the box that one can achieve great things.
In conclusion, watch these videos and simply feel uplifted invigorated and motivated and they ultimately will help you get off of the sofa and into your office. These videos show that with positive energy, determination and passion that anything is possible and that nothing is holding you back from creating a masterpiece.
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