Shonda Rhimes, the titan behind Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, is responsible for some 70 hours of television per season, and she loves to work. “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” and find out how she got her hum back.

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44 Comments

Jessica Day

April 17, 2020

She’s truly inspiring but I’m still pissed that Derek died

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Jesse Lewis IV

April 17, 2020

Beautiful! Cheers to the HUM and the art of keeping it!

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Kathryn Legat-German

April 17, 2020

She is amazing!

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BN

April 17, 2020

2020 i still watch the 2:28 showing the budgets and work and time saying the gladiatore. wow

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Àlan 237

April 17, 2020

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Ituze 07

April 17, 2020

When there was a shooting in the Hospital Bailey said that the elevators made a hum when they where working and She has a hum when she is in love with work.

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Star Traveler

April 17, 2020

Get to the point Shonda…we already know you're accomplished

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Ali Flacco

April 17, 2020

"If the song of my heart ceases to play, can I survive in the silence?"

I admire the way this woman structures her words and thoughts, and I believe we can all relate to this feeling that she describes so beautifully.

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chwayita dlungana

April 17, 2020

I love her❤

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Débora Carvalho

April 17, 2020

I can hear Cristina Yang ♥️

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Miss Karun

April 17, 2020

the way she talks…i see most women who she worked with
Kerry Washingtone,

Miranda Bailey(not knowing her name?

viola Davis😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

a strong (black) woman with a heard opinion😍😍😍😍
Meredith,Maggy too

wife to

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Anna

April 17, 2020

Wow I recognize this, I mean 'the hum', loving work. But yes you have to be careful not to loose it. But I Love work and there is nothing wrong with it . Thank you Shonda for putting it in such a poetic monologue.

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Nia Hunt

April 17, 2020

she speaks like olive popeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. I hear her in Kerry Washington!

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Lucas Selbach

April 17, 2020

Awesome! Incredible message, touched my heart

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Peninah Njeri

April 17, 2020

Poetry intertwined in every aspect of her life…A True Genius

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M. williams

April 17, 2020

The 15min is true, my child ditches me in 10 unless it’s arts and crafts lol

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M. williams

April 17, 2020

“ Cry me a River stupid type writer titan lady” bars 🤣🤣🤣

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M. williams

April 17, 2020

I can only imagine what I would be like if I didn’t have an egg holder and sperm donor. That fact has crippled me, but I’ve gradually come out of it and I will be successful, I will be the difference.

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Ora Franc

April 17, 2020

i used to say yes to the wrong people, im still tying to recover, it's been a nightmare- i prefer the power of saying "No"

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jenny_oh22

April 17, 2020

As a workaholic and a mom Shonda rhimes just made me realize my next goal. I can't stop crying. I am ashamed for I have chosen work over play too many times. My daughter is almost 8. I will practice saying yes. Thank you Shonda ❤

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Luiza Vazquez

April 17, 2020

Y'all are straight up missing the point of the entire talk if you think she's bragging about her accomplishments

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Caroline Modzelewski

April 17, 2020

"The hum" reminds me of the Dao (the way)

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Kay J.

April 17, 2020

She's such a good writer that her speech sounds like poetry.

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SOMEONE

April 17, 2020

can someone tell her i cried alot because of her lol

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Gideon Ningeni

April 17, 2020

I can hear maggie's voice in her soft deep voice.One may say she is behind maggie in Grey Anatomys

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Crystal Alexis

April 17, 2020

She is a genius!

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Nancy B

April 17, 2020

My 8 year old daughter and I watch this talk at least once a month since we discovered, this fills me up with love, joy, inspiration and much more.
Honey, Im needing more of your talks. southern waitress voice

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Miu

April 17, 2020

You can tell she is a writer buy the way she uses big words all the time. Also, poor children of hers.

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liat ka

April 17, 2020

she is amazing… but it i always wonder why people that dont like to be at home or play with their kids decide to have them…

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Brendan R

April 17, 2020

It's great to be able to choose how much work you have, but most people can't just tell their boss they are going to not work on Wednesday, or that they don't want to work as much Thursday.

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Joan Lewis

April 17, 2020

I entered my grandkids world of play cause it is vibration lifting it's fun it also teaches me to empathize with them playing again comes with spiritual development thanks for sharing

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TALISA

April 17, 2020

👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾🗣

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Nasaya Mafaridik

April 17, 2020

this is the most amazing TED i've ever watched. Shonda talked like she was reciting a poetry. so, so beautiful and addicting!

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Miss V

April 17, 2020

Love her personality, talent, and work ethic❤💖 She is Olivia Pope!

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Lorna Popour

April 17, 2020

Omg I love her!!!

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Khanyisa Meke

April 17, 2020

👑❤❣

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kath david

April 17, 2020

Wow.. she's so false.. so narcissistic… did she take lessons from that other false icon (Oprah)  sick of people like her trying to socially condition the population.. you might fool some darling, but not me.. TED is full of these  me me me me me types.

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Nina Eleanya

April 17, 2020

2:32 When she subtly wagged her finger no as the audience wanted to clap… I loved that. She’s not super interested in any praise.

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Uneak Tershai

April 17, 2020

If the song of my heart ceases to play, can I survive in the silence? 💕✨

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C.C. T.

April 17, 2020

YES! YES! YES!

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Lisa Sparks

April 17, 2020

@16:29 "Work doesn't work without play." Yes, ma'am!

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Polelo Diokana

April 17, 2020

Olivia Pope is her!

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emunah bitachon

April 17, 2020

So good.

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Covers Plus

April 17, 2020

Profound

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