Ted talk activity- How craving attention makes you less creative

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I love TED Talks and have watched hundreds of talks of many different topics.

I want to share some of my favourite talks alongside a few questions to help you apply the talk to your business.

So the first one to wanted to share with you is “How craving attention makes you less creative” by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. (Recorded in Vancouver BC in April 2019).

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gotten more than his fair share of attention from his acting career but as social media exploded over the past decade, he got addicted like the rest of us- trying to gain followers and likes only to be left feeling inadequate and less creative.

In this refreshingly honest talk, he details how the attention-driven model of big tech companies impacts our creativity- and shared a more powerful feeling than getting attention: paying attention.

Here are a few things to think about…

  1. Do you have times within your business or your day to day life when you aren’t focussed and times when you’re not?
  2. The more I go to the feeling of paying attention, the happier I am but the more I go to the feeling to get attention, the unhappier I am. Do you agree with this?
  3. How do you use your profile and previous experiences on social media?
  4. If social media platforms are selling attention… where do you spend your time and is it productive?
  5. Are you addicted to attention? Are you addicted to gaining more followers on each platforms?
  6. What would happen if you paid attention to just one thing at the time?
  7. Do you see other creatives as competitors collaborators?

Let us know what you think!

Click here to watch the TED Talk!

(I’ll be sharing more of these in The Grow Academy when it launches in January 2020!).