Use a journal to keep track of your progress, no matter how small. Shut out your critics and pursue your own path. Be mindful of insecurity work to focus on what matters most. The actionable advice above is among the many highlights in our list of 99U’s most popular insights of the year.
To help take a look back at 2012, we rounded up our most popular features, essays, 99U Conference talks, and tweets. We hope it gives you a chance to discover (and rediscover) content from throughout the year while providing the spark needed to start 2013 off right.
How creative are you? Find out by taking a few quick tests that psychologists have been using to study creativity for decades.
3. The 5 Types of Work That Fill Your Day
What type of work are you doing right now? Reactionary work? Problem-solving work? Insecurity work? A look at how to manage your work energy smartly.
4. Why Boredom Is Good for Your Creativity
Why does boredom always emerge just as you’re about to get in gear on a creative project?
5. How Rejection Breeds Creativity
With a few small changes in your mindset, you can turn rejection into a dramatic boost for your motivation and focus.
6. How Barack Obama Gets Things Done
President Barack Obama has the hardest job in the world. So how does he do it? Tips on getting a head start, making decisions, and ignoring your critics.
White House operations grow increasingly complex with every administration. Harry Truman had 12 “assistants to the president.” Now there are more than 100 people who have a similar title. As a result, President Obama tries to limit his information intake, including when he gets dressed in the morning.
“I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing,” he told Michael Lewis. “Because I have too many other decisions to make.”
Ready to pump up your creative portfolio? Behance’s Chief Designer shares insider tips on showcasing your best work and standing out from the crowd.
8. Op-Ed: Confidence vs Shyness
Is shyness genetic? Can confidence be learned? Designer James Victore on overcoming self-doubt and acting with conviction.
I was always introduced as, “This is my baby, the shy one.” And thus I became shy. A habit was born. I was told by authority that I was shy, and I began wearing it around like I owned it.Unfortunately, as an adult I found this habit does not serve me well. As a designer and lecturer I frequently find myself on stage or in front of a camera and have to “play” someone who is comfortable being there.
9. How To Run Your Meetings Like Apple and Google
Contrary to popular belief: meetings are not the devil. We look at how to get more creative – and productive – with your weekly gatherings.
Careers have been built on poking fun at meetings. From commercials to comic strips it’s no secret that most of us would rather be, you know, working.But there’s good news: Rapid experimentation with meetings in the past decade by startups and Fortune 500 companies alike has produced a new set of rules to consider.
10. How To Break The Mold & Reinvent Your Resumé
To get great work, you have to get noticed. A curated collection of resumes and other self-promo pieces that break the mold and spark genuine interest.
Our Most Popular Videos
Paula Scher: Do What You’ve Never Done Before
James Victore: Your Work Is A Gift
Tony Fadell: On Setting Constraints, Ignoring Experts & Embracing Self-Doubt
Jonathan Adler: Keep Other People’s Opinions Out Of Your Creative Process
Teresa Amabile: Track Your Small Wins to Motivate Big Accomplishments
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I found a book entitled, How to Be Amazing at Anything. It only had single page inside & was just one word long: “Practice.” -James Shelley
— 99U (@99u) February 11, 2012
Time is a created thing. To say “I don’t have time” is to say “I don’t want to” – Lao Tzu
— 99U (@99u) March 24, 2012
“Nobody does their best thinking sitting at their desk. Your desk is for executing; do your thinking elsewhere.” bit.ly/TM5rgX
— 99U (@99u) December 7, 2012
“If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.” – Brendan Francis
— 99U (@99u) February 16, 2012
“The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.” bit.ly/JZK19H
— 99U (@99u) April 29, 2012