TED Talk: Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister: The power of time off

“Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali.  (Recorded at TEDGlobal, July 2009, Oxford, UK.Duration: 017:40)”

My Notes:

Sagmeister decided to disperse retirement throughout his life.  He has a design studio which has done work for the Rolling Stones, Adobe, Lou Reed, and more.  His TED talk above is pretty boring, I won’t lie, and I actually didn’t listen to the whole thing.  What I like about what he does is take time to rejuvenate himself throughout his life (very Tim Ferriss like).  Most people retire to enjoy themselves, and live out their calling toward the end of their life as opposed to doing so throughout it when we are more physically, intellectually, and emotionally able to benefit.

He found most people in general spend:

  • 25 years learning
  • 40 years working
  • 15 years in retirement

After the 25 years of learning people tend to find a job and maybe a career but few find their calling.  He defines the three areas as:

  • Job:  Done for money, 9-5
  • Career: Advancement and promotion
  • Calling: Intrinsically fulfilling

Sagmeister is obviously brililant at design as demonstrated in the video below.  Look at what he was able to do with his book titled “Things I have Learned In My Life“.  Simply amazing…

Things I have learned in my life so far by Stefan Sagmeister

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