How to build your creative confidence | David Kelley

Is your school or workplace divided into “creatives” versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create… (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

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46 thoughts on “How to build your creative confidence | David Kelley

  1. Lastly Illness is our existence achievements as per your giving beautiful information and thank you sir.

  2. Muchas de las veces dejamos de seguir nuestra creatividad para seguir algo que se nos impone.
    La creativida puede dejarse o no creer en ella cuando se juzga sin saber, se tiene miedo sin saber por que.

  3. Please check out my TEDx talk, "The Art of Creative Inspiration." Thank you!

  4. he is a nice guy, but i was thinking that he was going to tell, how to unleashed the creative instinct.

  5. I love David Kelley and I love Ted talks!!!!! Can we get each Ted talk with voiceovers in different languages, so that people, like myself, who are visually impaired but might not speak english, can benefit from the TED awesomeness too? Thank you!!! :] <3

  6. sounds brutal, but in my childhood round about 3rd class a guy said something negative about my picture, i grabbed his hands and almost broke his fingers and look at me now, i draw pictures, write a lot and produce sometimes music.

  7. What about those that are creative and are in a creative field, yet are berated by self-doubt and complete lack of belief in oneself despite a plethora of positive resources at their disposal? The cage of the mind is the most dangerous thing, especially when all you want is to have someone understand you to the point where you believe they do.

  8. My experience was often opposite when I was little, I was always pushed to be academic and friends at my pressurising school used to say "oh, well at least you're creative" in response to bad grades I'd cry over :/

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  10. Yes, I agree with you Sir. Thoughts are creative. Words are creative. Actions are cre- ative. These are the three creative forces of the universe. Master these and the world belongs to you.

  11. Creative confidence is really the need of the our. I see its importance in Indian corporate life where people are discouraged to voice their opinions & try new simple stuff over fear of challenging status quo..

  12. Couldn’t finish the video because of his little mouth saliva sound. I’m sure he did a good job though.

  13. The only Answer to doubters should be

    " Everyone is trying to make something better or best… Let me make something bad. Infact let me make something so bad that no one can build it worst."

  14. Creativity is squashed because the capitalistic society is all about production. They teach kids in school to be productive instead of quality. Tests etc. Tests are analytical not about creativity. When they are criticized for not being good enough etc. They emotionally shut down and turn into analytical mode and are all about how fast and how much can they get out to be accepted in society. That's part of the problem about creativity being shut down in our youth. Those of us who don't care about opinions of others will still carry on about creativity. It's a choice the mind makes.

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