The surprising habits of original thinkers | Adam Grant

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How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. "The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they're the ones who try the most," Grant says. "You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones."

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how many people are procrastinating by watching this video

Author — Jess


*_"He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever."_* - Chinese proverb

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My brain speed during the first half of exams : 2G
Next 30 mins : 3G
Next 25 mins : 4G
Last 5 mins : 5G

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YouTube is better than a college education, and it's free.

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Basically, don't ever be afraid to look like a damn fool.

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"You don't have to be first.
You just have to be different and better"

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“We suffer more in imagination than in reality...” – Seneca

“You get what you tolerate...” - Henry Cloud

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I think the important nuance is that you must have mastered the fundamentals before you can afford to procrastinate. If your foundation isn’t strong procrastinating will just make you a fool

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"The master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried."

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Recognising originals and becoming like them .
The irony though.

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Thomas Edison screwed over Tesla so this pissed me off.

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Am I the only one who feels like he's a bald Zac Efron?

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"Everyone stop the inspirational quotes. "


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" It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer "

Albert Einstein

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I take issue with Thomas Edison being painted as an "original thinker" ... Tesla was the original thinker, Edison stole ideas.



I can't remember who said it but they were called a genius and they countered the statement saying when they're sat down for a meal they're thinking about the problem. When they're walking to their friend's home they're thinking about the problem. When they're bathing they're thinking about the problem. That people were confusing effort and time for genius.

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When you watch this video instead of finishing a project due in 4 days that you've been given 4 months to complete.

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1 - Procrastination:
Moderate procrastination increases creativity (because it gives our mind/subconscious time to ruminate on the idea).

2 - Fear and doubt:
Fear and doubt are natural - embrace them.
Idea doubt is healthy, self doubt is not. Use idea doubt to help refine your ideas. Rough drafts suck for a reason. Keep trying.

Our biggest regrets are our inactions, not our actions. Instead of fearing failure, be more afraid of failing to try. People regret the things they never did more than the things they failed at.

3 - Lots of bad ideas:
In order to have lots of good ideas, you will probably have lots of bad ideas too. Be willing to fail... a lot. In most cases, more failure equals more success. You won’t be judged for your bad ideas.

To be original, you don’t have to be first, you just have to be different and better (first mover advantage is mostly a myth). Don’t accept the default, look for a better solution.



Necessity is the mother of invention. I often find myself leaving a task to the last minute and consequently having to engineer a method of completing that task in record time.
I'm not ashamed of doing this, either. It's a valuable skill.

Author — leurostyl


Video summary:

They're procrastinators. Quick to start but slow to finish.
They're full of doubts and constantly revising their ideas.
They have lots of ideas. 99% bad 1% world changing. They fail more than anyone. Because they try more than anyone!

Author — Liam C