Great ideas often come to us when we’re doing mindless things on our own. Showering is a popular one, with commuting, shopping, and reading being others. Once we’re at work, in a group setting, those same light-bulb moments don’t always come so easily. So, how do we keep good ideas coming to do great work for our customers and co-workers?
We need to become self-confident, open to rejection, and work independently according to three TED speakers. We pulled their talks out of the archives to remind us that creativity is practiced, repeated, and nurtured. In corporate workplaces that promote collaborative and open spaces, these talks become even more important to how we create space and time for ourselves to think:
The Skill of Self-Confidence by Dr. Ivan Joseph, Director of Athletics, Ryerson University
Self-confidence is not something you’re born with, argues Dr. Ivan Joseph. It takes countless hours of repetition. Whether you want to be a better speaker or a better soccer player, Joseph says you have to focus on one thing and believe in yourself all the way through your doubts and fears. This is a candid talk about how to stop our negative thoughts with three prescribed ways to build self-confidence. It’s a good story with a single underlying lesson: if you don’t believe in yourself, no one will.
What I Learned From 100 Days Of Rejection by Jia Jiang, Author & Speaker
When Jia Jiang was only six years old, he faced a moment of rejection from his classmates that would define him as an aspiring entrepreneur in his 30s. He shares the funny, brave, and empowering tale of how a Google search led him to unravel years of a fear of rejection. A self-help game called Rejection Therapy, built by Canadian entrepreneur Jason Comely, encouraged him to be rejected for 100 days and learn from every “no.” Jiang shares how one important question led him to embrace rejection; he says it’s a question you should also ask when you get turned down for a business idea
The Power Of Introverts by Susan Cain, Author & Speaker
Susan Cain is a tireless writer and speaker about the power of introverts in a very extroverted business world. In her 2012 TED Talk that has garnered more than 15M views, Cain shares her personal journey from the bold and assertive Wall Street lawyer she thought she had to be, to embracing her true introverted self. Cain makes the case for solitude as a crucial ingredient to creativity in three calls to action for corporations; it starts with what she coins, “stopping the madness of constant group work.” This talk is an inspiring listen for both introverts and extroverts working with and leading teams.