Struggling to come up with the next great idea? Wanting to launch a new business, product or service line but are afraid of failing? In honor of TED’s fifth year in Vancouver, B.C., Northwest Meetings + Events found three TED talks that might just help:

“How Boredom Can Lead to Your Most Brilliant Ideas”
by Manoush Zomorodi

Sample nugget of wisdom: “I learned that in the default mode, that is when we connect disparate ideas, we solve some of our most nagging problems.”

“The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers”
by Adam Grant

Sample nugget of wisdom: “Procrastinating is a vice when it comes to productivity, but it can be a virtue for creativity.” 

“What I Learned from 100 Days of Rejection”
by Jia Jiang

Sample nugget of wisdom: “I can build a better company. I can build a better team or better product, but one thing’s for sure: I've got to be a better leader. I've got to be a better person.”

View these and other inspiring talks at TED.com

The 36-room Atticus Hotel in McMinnville, Oregon, opened for business this past spring. The hotel features an on-site restaurant and bar, private dining in the Atticus Hotel Drawing Room, a boardroom for meetings of up to 16 people, a business center and a fitness room. Additional amenities include Dutch-style bicycles, electric-car charging stations, rooms with fireplaces and original artwork from local artists.  

 

A visit to this property in Kirkland, Washington is good for the soul.

 

Lisanne Ballantyne, president and CEO of Tourism Kelowna, is not originally from British Columbia. Born in Montreal and raised in Winnipeg, she was working in Alberta—most recently as general manager of the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton— before arriving in Kelowna last year. The decision to move, she notes, was an easy one. “The Okanagan Valley is one of the most beautiful destinations in Canada and a region undergoing tremendous growth.