TED Talks does it again!
If you need free inspiration in a tight-wad economy, TED Talks is the place to go.
Two recent interviewees caught my attention as I have long owned and loved their books — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Living, and Dr. Sherwin Nuland, author of How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter.
The seven conditions that occur when you are “in a flow state” are:
- You are completely involved in what you are doing
- You experience a sense of ecstasy
- You know that, despite the challenge, the activity is doable
- You experience great inner clarity
- You experience a sense of serenity
- Time seems to disappear — timelessness
- The activity is intrinsically motivating — you would do this for nothing as it feels so good
Here is Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on “Creativity, fulfillment and flow” (19 minutes)
This second video, with Sherwin Nuland MD, is more philosophical than enlightening, and provides a perspective that may generate disagreement. Are we indeed morally committed to being the healers of the world? What about our own little corners first?
As a man who has made a study of dying, he earned my attention. His presentation left me contemplating what might be possible if hope were to partner with creativity and flow. How could entreprenerially-minded physicians make magic with these concepts?
Here is Dr. Sherwin Nuland on “A meditation on hope” (12 minutes)