Get Inspired by the Best TED Talks About Creativity

The internet is overflowing with career advice, writing advice, and directing advice… but what about finding inspiration? How can you best harness your creativity? How can you fully express yourself, especially when the world around you is a mess?

Luckily, actor, writer and director Ethan Hawke has released a new TED Talk about giving yourself permission to be creative. It may be just the thing you need to push you past the obstacles in the way of your current project.

Ethan Hawke – Give Yourself Permission to Be Creative

Maybe the key to powerful creativity isn’t about plot twists or good jokes. ” “You have to express yourself,” says Hawke. “And to express yourself you have to know yourself.”

We’ll let him tell you the rest! Meanwhile, here are some of our other favorite TED Talks about Creativity:

Rahaf Harfoush – How Burnout Makes us Less Creative

It’s understandable that you want to be productive – we all do! But digital anthropologist Rahaf Harfoush says that putting too much pressure on yourself to perform can actually have the opposite of your desired effect. Is working less the key to working more effectively?

Elizabeth Gilbert – Your Elusive Creative Genius

Why do we always think that you have to suffer to create great art? Yes, many talented artists suffer… but that doesn’t mean you have to, at least according to author Elizabeth Gilbert.

In her TED Talk about creativity, the Eat Pray Love and Big Magic author tries to reframe creative endeavors as playful and exciting. Which, let’s be honest… sounds a lot more fun than the way many writers and directors talk about their craft.

Tim Harford – A Powerful Way to Unleash Your Natural Creativity

Do you feel like you’re balancing too many projects? Maybe that’s actually a good thing, according to Tim Harford. Why not let yourself jump from project to project based on what you get excited about? With this attitude towards creativity, speed isn’t everything. Dare we say it’s “all about the process?”

Which are your favorite TED Talks about creativity? DM us your thoughts on Instagram!

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