TED Talkin’: Yara Shahidi wants you to prioritize curiosity

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TED Talkin’: Yara Shahidi wants you to prioritize curiosity

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This is an episode for: Creativity gurus, presenters and Yara Shahidi fans.

Molly Geoghegan, Narrative Strategist

Molly Geoghegan

Jan 25, 2024

Actor, producer and Harvard grad Yara Shahidi presents a familiar story in a new way with her 2023 TED Talk, “Let Curiosity Lead”.

We’ve all heard about the importance of re-discovering our child-like curiosity and wonder. Shahidi puts a fresh spin on that story with her personal journey of juggling both her Harvard education and acting career (she’s the star of Black-ish and Grown-ish) as equally important catalysts for learning about herself. 

Shahidi illustrates that “honoring our distractions” can help create rupture, change and discovery—for both ourselves and the world. 

Although Yara may only be 23 years old at the time of this talk, there’s a lot to learn from her presentation, her story and her “commitment to curiosity.”

What's in the Spice Cabinet??

WATCH Yara’s 2023 TED Talk and be inspired! 

With an eye for art and a passion for academia, we couldn’t help but think that Yara’s fashion choice was significant. So we sent the Rancheros on a goose chase and learned that her shirt was designed by Grace Wales Bonner featuring beautiful artwork by Lubaina Himid. 

READ more about Yara’s production company, 7th Sun Productions and other projects

Keep up with her on the ‘gram!

About The Author

Molly Geoghegan, Narrative Strategist

Molly Geoghegan is a writer, organizer, and film school dropout. She hikes frequently with her dog, Guinness, and signs up for too many email newsletters. Having lived in Chicago, Paris, Dublin and Galway, Molly has made her way back to the Rockies and calls Denver, CO home.

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TED Talkin’: Yara Shahidi wants you to prioritize curiosity