Shonda Rhimes was a guest speaker at TED talk, the force behind #TGIT took the crowd through her “year of yes” and talked about the hum she hears when deep into work is God’s whisper in her ear, and what happens when the hum stops.
Here is an excerpt from her conversation:
“A while ago, I tried an experiment,” says Shonda Rhimes, the “titan” behind Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder. “For one year, I would say ‘yes’ to all the things that scared me. Anything that made me nervous or took me out of my comfort zone, I’d say ‘yes.’”
Public speaking? Yes. Acting? Yes. “A crazy thing happened — the very act of doing the thing that scared me undid the fear,” she says. “It’s amazing the power of one word. ‘Yes’ changed my life. ‘Yes’ changed me.”
“When I am hard at work, when I am deep in it, there is no other feeling,” she says. She has a name for this feeling: The hum. The hum is a drug, the hum is music, the hum is God’s whisper in her ear. But what happens when it stops? Is she anything besides the hum?
In this moving talk, join Rhimes on a journey through her “year of yes”