One TED talk a day

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How do you stay creative? People say that you can exercise creativity by learning new things that don't have anything to do with your job or daily life. A book I recently read says "bombard yourself with new things" in order to get ideas and think outside the 📦. . This makes sense: New ideas are mostly analogies, or dots that are connected in a new way, nothing completely new.

2013, I started a challenge to watch one TED talk a day for breakfast. I even put down some key takeaways and ranked each talk (here's the list), but after about 30 I somehow stopped doing it (too little structure in my study-abroad-days 🍻).

Here's why I started doing it again:
  • One idea: TED talks usually focus on a single idea that is explored in under 20 minutes, which makes it easier to consume
  • Become a better speaker: Many TED talks are just amazing! By watching them, you can learn from the best presenters in the world
  • Various topics: There is a wide range of talks to leave your bubble. There are talks by neuroscientists, authors, politicians, children, billionaires, ...
  • Set the tone for the day: TED talks are usually positive and moving. By starting with a positive experience and a great idea to think about, you set the tone for the rest of the day
There's actually way more things that are great about a habit like this (currently writing on a blog post). Have you recently watched a TED talk? Here's a funny one to get started: Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator.
What do you do to stay creative?
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