TED Talks for Travelers #1

Most people by now have heard of TED and I’m sure seen a number of their inspirational talks, but for those that haven’t let me explain briefly what TED are all about. From their own website:

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

TED provide inspirational talks, from remarkable people, doing incredible things all over the world, for FREE. You can watch any of the talks on their own website or places like Youtube and Vimeo.

Naturally over the years there have been a number of amazing talks focusing on the benefits of travel and it’s these videos I hope to bring to your attention.

TED Talk – Stefan Sagmeister: The Power of Time Off

Stefan Sagmeister runs a successful Design Studio in New York. After working for a number of years he began to realise that his work was becoming somewhat repetitive and lacking creativity.

So he decided to take a year long sabbatical in order to renew his creative juices. To justify the sabbatical he shows an eye-opening diagram on a typical persons work life balance.

Work Life Balance 1

The diagram shows that the first 25 years of our lives  are usual spent learning, the next 40 working and the last 15 retiring. But Stefan suggests taking 5 of those retiring years and interspersing them between the working years.

Work Life Balance 2

This is the part of the talk that I really connected with.

Why must we wait until we’re 65 in order to have the time travel long-term or pursue other interests? We may not even make it that far.

What if we are still unsure of the direction we want our lives to go in? Wouldn’t it be best to take a year out in order to reevaluate.

Stefan goes on to demonstrate how his sabbatical redefined his design work and made him even more successful than when he first left. He also highlights other amazing achievements accomplished by people on their sabbaticals.

Your Views

What did you think of Stefan’s talk and his approach to sabbaticals? Let me know in the comments below.

Also let me know some of your favourite TED talks to inspire travelers, as I would love to check them out.

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  2. Deia @ Nomad Wallet

    I haven’t watched the video yet, but judging from the diagrams, that seems like an interesting insight. I don’t think it makes sense for me to only have time to do everything I want to do at the end of my life.

    What I’m trying to do is not only redistribute the retirement years, but also turn some of the working years into retirement years. I’m working on early retirement by saving a big portion of my income and building passive income streams.

    With retirement benefits and pensions changing, another important thing is to redefine retirement. Our generation may not be able to enjoy the kind of retirement the baby boomers are enjoying.

    1. Author

      Hi Deia,

      I loved the diagrams too, they spelled it out clearly to me that we shouldn’t have to wait until were 65 or older to enjoy some time off. I completely agree with you about building up some passive income streams now. I love the quote “Live like no one else now, so you can live like no one else later”.

      Good luck with building up your income streams and any travels you have. I will check your blog out more when I have some free time.

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