Monday, February 15, 2010

Productive Procrastination [Really!]

Guest Post by Kelly Griego

After 8 years, I have decided that it’s time for me to bid adieu to New York City and usher in the next phase. It’s looking likely that I will start anew in Houston [I told you I missed Courtney!]. As I imagine a new life in a new town, I have the daunting yet thrilling task of deciding what sort of job to look for. It is exciting to think that the world is my oyster and I can use this opportunity to pursue my passions.

For inspiration [and maybe an ounce of procrastination], I recently re-watched a speech given by Sir Ken Robinson at an annual TED conference on creativity. Robinson makes the compelling argument that it is misguided, even risky, to think of creativity as something that exists only in the arts or music. Rather, it has the potential to exist in everything, and everything is better for it. Creativity has just as natural a home in negotiating a business deal as it does in designing a beautiful piece of clothing.

For me, Robinson’s TED speech is like a tune-up when I need to be reminded to tap into the creativity and passion that exist in us all to answer big or challenging questions. It’s a bit lengthy, but a truly chills-up-the-spine satisfying way to spend 20 minutes. And he’s funny!



P.S. Robinson has a terrific book called The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, a thought-provoking read for anyone questioning her career or seeking to know what inspires her the most.

12 comments:

J said...

Excellent. I would love to see a poll on how many Academics have actually made thoughtful change to a curriculum to encourage creativity not only in the arts but in the sciences after viewing/hearing this speech.

J said...

P.S.-Houston will do well to accept you with open arms Kelly, I hope the transition is a smooth one!

Stephanie said...

This is great - such an obvious thing that somehow so many are blind to. I often think about how much traditional businesses lose out on by not being more flexible and valuing the creativity of those who make it through school with a few shreds left intact.

the clark family. said...

As an adopted Houstonian, I was very excited to hear that you're considering our little (not so much) southern city. I love it here, and hope you will too!
I truly believe that if you have passion and drive, anything can be an outlet for creativity. I'm totally loving this post, it's so encouraging!!

susan said...

Welcome to Houston!

I have transplanted here from the east coast, and I love it here more and more..

Lauren said...

What an inspiration! I will definitely check out this book and would love to be a party of your welcoming committee to Houston.

Dressing On The Side said...

good luck on your next journey--so exciting to start fresh and learn new things--bravo!

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

I'm obsessed with TED for this reason, love

Kelly said...

To everyone wishing me well once I'm in Houston - thank you so much! Warms my heart and certainly helps ease the nerves. I have had only the nicest interactions with Houstonians. Can't wait to be an adopted Houstonian myself.

Genna said...

Aw Kelly, such a good crew for you in Houston. (but we are sad to see you go!) Three cheers for your debut as a guest blogger.

Tiffany said...

Auntie K,
I'm so glad you're moving closer to me! Oh Wow!
Love, Beans

Paige said...

yea for houston! it's the biggest small town you will ever love! i should know - i'm a native! extending a premature welcome!