Twelve Ways to Get Inspired Right Now

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  1. Watch The Hero's Journey.

  2. Watch 40 inspirational speeches in two minutes.

  3. TED talks. But not just any TED talks, check out this one on genius or this one on insight. Oh, and this spreadsheet lists every single TED talk ever. Bee tea dubs.

  4. 36 Writing Tips from Chuck Palahniuk. This is frickin’ amazing, with tips on everything from how to evoke a sympathetic physical sensation from the reader (p. 25) to why you should read your work out loud (p. 49). Don’t read all 160 pages, just click on the topic you want in the Table of Contents.

  5. Meditate. Here’s an eight-minute meditation exercise that features the most relaxing song ever. Or just listen to the song here.

  6. Do something good for someone else, like donating to Kiva, or buying In ‘n Out for someone you don’t know.

  7. Read The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do. Title says it all.

  8. Nike ads. Sound cheesy? Just watch: this one. Then this one. Wow.

  9. Melody Sheep. Anything by Melody Sheep, master of auto tune.

  10. Lennon and Maisy. Prodigious prodigies.

  11. Watch these 25 TED Talks that will change the way you see the world.

  12. 100+ Self-Education Resources For Lifelong Learners. Learn something new every day.

This is a living document, which means I’m always adding to it. Share your favorite inspiring resources with me in the comments below or via email at: ethan (at) collegessayguy (dot) com.

Another great read: How Am I a Genius?