Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be a terrifying experience, but the very act of doing what's scary diminishes the fear it holds. That was the message that one of the television industry's most powerful icons, Shonda Rhimes, shared in a TED Talk about her "Year of Yes" experiment.
Rhimes, the creative force behind some of our favorite TV shows — namely, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, and Grey's Anatomy — had a well-documented year in which she said yes to everything that took her outside of her comfort zone. Pushing herself to say yes to her children (which she said likely saved her career), to work, and to her own self, Rhimes said the project helped her get her creative groove back, or what she calls the "hum."
In her TED Talk, Rhimes recalled how stretching herself too thin saw her lose her hum in the process. But the more she said yes to things that made her uncomfortable, the brighter her creativity sparkled and the happier she felt.
"A dream job is not about dreaming. It's all job, all work, all reality, all blood, all sweat, no tears. I work a lot. Very hard. And I love it," Rhimes said. "For me my work is at all times, building a nation out of thin air, it is manning the troops, it is painting a canvas, it is hitting every high note, it is running a marathon, it is being Beyoncé. It is all of those things at the same time."
Ready to feel inspired? Check out Rhimes' full speech:
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