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

INGREDIENTS
—1.5 oz. Tito’s Handmade Vodka
—1.5 oz. Baileys Salted Caramel
—2 oz. half and half

DIRECTIONS:
Combine ingredients in a Belgian beer glass garnished with soft caramel along the rim, chocolate sauce and a chocolate branch. Looks fancy schmancy and tastes deee-licious!

Courtesy of Shore Lodge in McCall, Idaho

 

This past October, the world lost a business and philanthropic giant with the passing of Paul Allen. Here in the Northwest, his absence will be deeply felt. Among his many achievements, Allen co-founded Microsoft; founded Vulcan Inc., Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Allen Institute for Brain Sciences, and Allen Institute for Cell Science; and was owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers. There doesn’t seem to be an industry that he hasn’t touched, expanded and improved, including the meetings and events industry, particularly in the Seattle area.