Day 27: Where do good ideas come from? What I learnt from watching Steven Johnson’s Ted talk.

where do ideas come from

Do you have a lot of good ideas? Not just good or average but great? If not, perhaps your environment is at fault.   On day 25 I wrote about a Ted talk by Elizabeth Gilbert from  Eat, Pray. Love fame who liked to think that creativity and ideas came from external beings and was not an internal process as such. On day 26 I published a post by  Ken Robison who passionately believed that we are all born bursting with creativity and it is educated out of us. Today on day 27 I look at creativity and ideas being something that develop and truly flourish in the company of others.   What happens when we have an idea? We all have them, ideas that is. Some are better than others. Some ideas are questionable . Some are strokes of genius that we look at in awe, but what exactly happens when we have an idea?  Johnson says  "An idea -- a new idea -- is a new network of neurons firing in sync with each other inside your brain. It's a … [Read more...]

Day 22: Why I disagree with Derek Siver’s Ted talk “Keep your goals to yourself”

Should your goals be a secret?

When you have a new goal do you share that with your family and friends or keep hush about it? In his Ted talk " Keep your goals to yourself" Derek Sivers  says that  if you share your goals you most probably won't ever see them come to light. That goes against every goal setting advice I have ever heard. Could Derek actually be right? I debated about whether publishing today’s post. So far I have been on board with every Ted speaker, been dancing to the same tune been right up on that wagon with them, but I just can’t do that with today’s Ted talk post. I just don’t agree with Derek Sivers view on goal setting.  The core message of his Ted talk was that when you tell someone your goals your brain is tricked into thinking that you have already achieved that goal or in Derek’s words “telling someone your goals make them less likely to happen" Basically  Derek says once are brain believes that we have achieved the goal we become less … [Read more...]