Last night I read my recent blog posting to the writer's group lead by Christine Marie Bryant
During my floortime I mentioned the TED videos that I have found so inspiring. If you haven't heard of TED, this is a group whose slogan is simply "Ideas worth spreading" but they have had some of the greatest minds in our time present their ideas - from the more esoteric to the awe-inspiring.
One of the folks that I follow on living life on your own terms is Chris Guillebeau.
Here Chris talks about growth involves our fear of change and how he went from being "just a volunteer" to being in charge - http://chrisguillebeau.com/3x5/fear-and-permission/
If you like what he presents, I highly recommend some of his courses I've taken myself. http://unconventionalguides.com/cmd.php?af=1193140
Jonathan Fields shares his hesitation in launching a business right after 9/11 - http://www.jonathanfields.com/blog/turning-fear-into-fuel/
What I really found inspiring was that he found the most rewarding part of taking that leap of faith to be how his decision has touched the lives of others.
It was Chris' and Jonathan's talks that inspired my own writing on fear and sharing it last night with the writer's group. Fear, I've learned, is the death knell of creativity - This thing called writer's block? Fear in action as passive surrender.
Active surrender is inspired action. In the past I've hesitated to share such personal thoughts. But I've come to realize that it's not about me but about the other person.
I've started to realize how my own fear might be keeping all of us from connecting to the dots to whatever we're each having the most trouble achieving. That's changed my whole outlook and motivation. Now I come from a place of "hey, let's see how we can help each other.." ACTIVE surrender -
A few more inspiring TED talks include:
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love, talks about how the Ancients may have gotten it right about Creativity -
Sir Ken Robinson on how sometimes our Education system kills Creativity:
J.J. Abrams on his infamous "Mystery Box" and its role in inspiring his Creativity..