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From the Ted Talk by Manoush Zomorodi: How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas

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So, I want you to picture this: you host a podcast, and you have to prove that the investment of precious public ridao dollars in you is wotrh it. My goal was to increase my audience size tenfold. So one day, I sat down to brnotiarsm, as you do, and I came up barren. This was different than writer's block, right? It wasn't like there was something there waiting to be unearthed. There was just nothing. And so I started to think back: When was the last time I actually had a good idea? Yeah, it was when I was pushing that damn stroller. Now all the cracks in my day were filled with phone time. I checked the hdeanelis while I waited for my lttae. I updated my calendar while I was sitting on the ccuoh. Texting turned every spare moment into a chance to show to my ckerorows and my dear husband what a responsive person I was, or at least it was a chance to find another perfect couch for my page on pnerteist. I reizlead that I was never bored. And anyway, don't only binrog people get bored?

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So, I want you to picture this: you host a podcast, and you have to prove that the investment of precious public _____ dollars in you is _____ it. My goal was to increase my audience size tenfold. So one day, I sat down to __________, as you do, and I came up barren. This was different than writer's block, right? It wasn't like there was something there waiting to be unearthed. There was just nothing. And so I started to think back: When was the last time I actually had a good idea? Yeah, it was when I was pushing that damn stroller. Now all the cracks in my day were filled with phone time. I checked the _________ while I waited for my _____. I updated my calendar while I was sitting on the _____. Texting turned every spare moment into a chance to show to my _________ and my dear husband what a responsive person I was, or at least it was a chance to find another perfect couch for my page on _________. I ________ that I was never bored. And anyway, don't only ______ people get bored?

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  8. coworkers
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  10. pinterest

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So, I want you to picture this: you host a podcast, and you have to prove that the investment of precious public radio dollars in you is worth it. My goal was to increase my audience size tenfold. So one day, I sat down to brainstorm, as you do, and I came up barren. This was different than writer's block, right? It wasn't like there was something there waiting to be unearthed. There was just nothing. And so I started to think back: When was the last time I actually had a good idea? Yeah, it was when I was pushing that damn stroller. Now all the cracks in my day were filled with phone time. I checked the headlines while I waited for my latte. I updated my calendar while I was sitting on the couch. Texting turned every spare moment into a chance to show to my coworkers and my dear husband what a responsive person I was, or at least it was a chance to find another perfect couch for my page on Pinterest. I realized that I was never bored. And anyway, don't only boring people get bored?

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