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4 Must-See TED Talks On Creativity, Inspiration & Passion

Joel Lee 10-04-2012

ted talksCreativity. Inspiration. Passion. These are all concepts of which we are very much aware, but not many of us can precisely pinpoint their source. Where does creativity come from? What is it that causes a moment of inspiration? How can you cultivate passion?


Thanks to a number of TED Talks related to these subjects, ordinary laymen like me and you can better understand these concepts. It’s only by studying these concepts that we can become better equipped to nurture and develop these aspects of our humanity.

Here are a few TED Talks that will change the way you view and understand creativity The Top 5 Websites To Spark Your Creativity Read More , inspiration, and passion 8 Fascinating Artisan Videos That Everyone Should Watch Have you ever watched a masterful expert perform their work with such skill and passion that you had no choice but to watch and admire in awe? As I scour the Internet from day to... Read More .

On Music and Passion

This TED Talk is often lauded as one of the best TED Talks available. Perhaps it’s due to the genuine passion and love exerted by the speaker, musician Benjamin Zander. Or maybe it’s because the subject matter hits so close to our own hearts and resonates so deeply.

Zander uses classical music as a way to illustrate a more universal concept – how passion and inspiration can light up the eyes and hearts of those whom you would never expect to see lit up. Passion and creativity are powerful weapons, if only we would wield them in a manner worth wielding.

Definitely a must-see clip. If you could only watch one TED Talk, I would highly recommend that it be this one.


Do Schools Kill Creativity?

A mind-blowing speech by Sir Ken Robinson on the damage that public education has dealt to the creativity of children. Many of us may think that creativity is something that is initially absent and which must be nurtured and cared for in order for it to grow and flourish. However, Robinson believes that creativity is not something we grow into, but something that education forces us out of.

This talk is a revolutionary way to look at the effects that public education has had on human creativity. For creativity and originality to exist, we must not be afraid to take risks and fail. However, public education and corporate business has stigmatized making mistakes. No wonder creativity has gone out the window.

On top of being an eye opener, Robinson is British. His clever wit and intelligent jokes only make the talk that much better.

Where New Ideas Come From

If someone were to ask you where your new ideas came from, what would you say? For many of us, we’d probably say that our best ideas came to us in a moment of fleeting inspiration – dozing off during class, or doodling around during your commute, or while sipping on a cappuccino at the local café. There always seems to be a “Eureka!” moment attached to a new idea.


In this TED Talk, Steven Johnson argues that new ideas don’t suddenly strike us out of nowhere like lightning. Rather, new ideas are slowly built up over time and incubated through years of networking. Those famous “Eureka!” moments are simply the culmination of all that incubation.

This is a fascinating take on the formulation of new ideas. A must-watch for creative artists.

A New Way to Think About Creativity

In this talk, writer Elizabeth Gilbert explores an idea that comes inherent with creativity – fear. There seems to be an air of fear that always pervades creative circles. Fear of failure. Fear of not living up to expectations. Fear of being a fake hack. How do creative individuals deal with this constant inner fear?

Gilbert proposes a new way to view creativity. Instead of thinking of it as something that springs from within ourselves, she wonders how we differently we would view creative endeavors if we believed that creative inspiration came from an external source.


It’s mostly about the shift of responsibility in order to maintain sanity, but perhaps her message has a few merits.

Do you have a favorite TED Talk, relating to creativity, passion and inspiration? If so, give us the link in the comments and tell us why you like it so much.

Related topics: Online Lecture, TED Talks.

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  1. Creativity Is Everything
    May 1, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    That's a nice list. Sir Ken Robinson's and Elizabeth Gilbert's talks are my personal favourites.
    However, it's the first time I am watching the talk that tops this list. It really moved me. Made me realise that maybe Creativity is not just about creating art or design or bringing up new ideas. Maybe Creativity is also about incredible leadership, helping others make their ideas happen. Maybe it's also about seeing the potential inside of other individuals and help them bring it out. I would like to add some more videos to this list. I think Jonathan Tilley's and Henry Todd's talks should be on there too. Allow me to share some more TED/TEDx Creativity talks that I think are incredibly amazing too; [Broken URL Removed]

  2. Loisy
    May 10, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Suzanne! This is so crazy!! How the heck are you going to top this next Tuesday??? I think you just put a lot of pressure on yrsuoelf AMAZZZING!! how much are you diggin this jelly bean stuff?? can we get one of our wedding photos done in jellies?? <3 thisssss

  3. mad Questionable
    April 17, 2012 at 7:43 am

    nice music..

  4. Kylie Dunn
    April 11, 2012 at 11:14 am

    How on earth did you manage to only take four :-)
    I love your choices, although I think that the inclusion of Susan Cain's talk on introverts is a passionate talk about the value of introversion in the creative process, would add something to them.
    Always interesting to see the choices other people make from the massive library that is TED. Thanks.

    • Joel Lee
      April 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      That Talk looks interesting, especially because I'm an introvert myself. Thanks for the share! :)

  5. Inspirational
    April 10, 2012 at 11:38 pm


    • Joel Lee
      April 11, 2012 at 2:45 am