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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." TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate Follow TED news on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tednews Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector
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Bruh BruhBruh (14 hours ago)
11:47 Yes, he is a dad, dad joke identified
Erica Stephenson (21 hours ago)
I appreciate all this and I like this guy but I kinda feel like this is all futile. Finding your passion is all it takes to actually care about and be good at what you do.
celal777 (1 day ago)
Volume of output is an important variable. But there’s a dimension that missing from the analysis : What is the the total universe of composers ? There may be 1,000 composers but we only really listen to the top 3 : Mozart, Beethoven & Bach. And that has to do with TALENT which is very unevenly distributed among mankind.
celal777 (1 day ago)
‘Procrastination’ generally involves guilt, dread, and trying to put the matter out of one’s mind. In the video, he means something different : i.e. letting the concept marinate purposefully but leisurely in one’s mind while remaining open to new connections or ideas.
Dhruv Shetty 212 (2 days ago)
Purpose and time go hand in hand,things just don’t get done without a deadline and nearly every self help illustrates the importance of deciding a time to get something done.When u go too early,it matches with a perfectionist attitude and a need to have things done along with an overflow of info that suppresses creativity,when u go too late,u have too much stress and anxiety to be creative.When the time is right,u have the perfect mindset to delete whatever info is unnecessary as u don’t have the time to overanalyse well and just enough time to narrow down what matters which makes u work with less and this mindset of selective effectivity relaxes your mind to bring out creative ideas u can work out with what u have narrowed.
Harrison Ressler (2 days ago)
My thoughts to each: 1 - Yes, this is true. However, I doubt the message he's provided is clear enough to say exactly what makes someone an original thinker. All i've really seen is their ducks are in a row or an attribute of theirs(that is they aren't last or first when it comes to getting stuff done). So, they aren't the kind of students at school who panic about grades to get it done with the best grades, and they aren't the students who panic and do it last minute. Also, yes the glasses company wasn't first. However, they were first to doing their different thing. 2 - Yeah, when trying something new, i'd recommend you trying running a business venture as cheaply as you can. That way if it doesn't work out, the losses are minimal. And only start putting money back once its already paid you back. Also, I agree with the future regrets thing. Also, its better to try and fail and not know at all. 3 - I agree. Thats why you should try it as cheaply as you can. Also, I do agree with the statement regarding creative ppl do the most because they fail the most from trying the most. Plus, I do agree to not write off ideas until you've tried it. Nobody in their right mind would believe before Youtube that people could get paid to record themselves playing video games and make big money. However, you never explained how to get creative.
A Mishel (2 days ago)
The elephant in the room is over population. Unless we control that, all bets are off.
luke skywalker (3 days ago)
I think it's all bullshit this guy talks, I think if you really wanna be original, YOU NEED TO HAVE HIGH ENOUGH IQ FIRST.
Heather Price (3 days ago)
14:48 is a recap of all the ideas talked about
Likogan Dude (3 days ago)
Linux has Firefox pre-installed xD
Abe T (4 days ago)
I've already paused this twice to look up random clips on yTube :P
this guy is like the opposite of tim urban
Kiran K S (5 days ago)
I added the video of how to stop procrastinating on *watch later * list - So ,that makes me creative or a chronic procrastinator. ..lol..kidding. I agree with moderate procrastination ,because we have synergistic thinkers or brains - most people.
Shamar Brown (5 days ago)
Speaking as an original, what you call "bad ideas" and "failure," I call building blocks and learning experiences.
Jesse ___________ (7 days ago)
"Procrastination" is, I believe, the wrong word. If there is a word for, "I'm going to put this task aside and let it foment in my mind for a while", then pick that word.
Engineer 314 (9 days ago)
14:07 It was the Nazis and Star Wars that gave him a boost. People associate "Ride of the Valkyries" with an invasion, usually one with Stukas.
Engineer 314 (9 days ago)
11:49 God f*** damn
Stuart Nicholls (12 days ago)
So I was thinking ................ but that was as far as I got.
KauTi0N (14 days ago)
They were all INTJ personalities
jodiebug1 (15 days ago)
I'm giving 10% odds any of this replicated
Gristle Von Raben (16 days ago)
Mr. Grant, very inspiring speech. Thank you.
Chunky Douchebag (17 days ago)
Millineals listen up
Cloud Dancer (18 days ago)
There are no original thoughts. Rubbish.
Richard Benoit (19 days ago)
Thanks for the post.
Danica Bozic (19 days ago)
I asked my boss the other day why they have Internet Explorer rather than google chrome at work, now I'm watching this lol.
@SalesRemastered (19 days ago)
"Originals are afraid of failing. But what sets them apart from the rest of us is that they're even more afraid of failing to try." Better to try than to regret 20 or 30 years down the line!
Procrastinating Now? (21 days ago)
“Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows ” ~ Michael London
Michael Knight (22 days ago)
god his voice is so high pitched .. been thinking on an idea for years :O
Christopher Ho (22 days ago)
How do you quantify creativity..?
Bart Broekhuizen (23 days ago)
The "Let it go" pun, was lacking creativity.
Power 2 The People (23 days ago)
that is not true I am a over procrastinator.
Manuel Ochoa (23 days ago)
When i was in high school I called it delayed enginuity.
Indira Poitier (23 days ago)
now i don't feel so bad.... i hope i truly am in that sweet spot. :-B
Extended Clips (23 days ago)
Keep pushing
Justin LaReau (24 days ago)
Edison did not invent the lightbulb. He was a taker and had others on a team working for him. He then took all the credit. He was a taker and a narcissist. He also couldn't see the innovations that Nikola Tesla had and the extreme improvements they would make.
Qu33n0fPenTacLe5 (24 days ago)
"kids turn into crabs, parents claim" lol what a strange headline
Precious Pecans (25 days ago)
Don't encourage us... 😅
Callow Methuselah (26 days ago)
MLK was an interesting mention in a speech about original thinkers considering he plagiarized things like his dissertation. Great message but not a great character.
Harshit Saxena (27 days ago)
Weston Hettinger (27 days ago)
Thats not true, if we remove the words for democracy or oppression then talking about it will add a layer of difficulty between the mentalese and newspeak. Since both these things are very very abstract for people under an Orwellian society, it would be almost impossible if Newspeak is adopted to have the advanced thought of being able to escape such a government. We did not rediscover parliamentary, republic, or democratic systems until monks read about them in the renaissance.
LoveGlitters AroundYou (29 days ago)
I smoke pot meditate frantically clean for fun nap at weird timea and must have candy on hand. But i have phenomenal ideas regularly.
LoveGlitters AroundYou (29 days ago)
I also make lists
Ice Cookie (30 days ago)
this will help me improve my art
DevN (1 month ago)
it seems that finding new patterns and rules everywhere (even though there may be none) and presenting in a well prepared speech s a new trend. These presenters are either so ignorant that they cant see so many exceptions, or they feel so compelled to find a rule, that they choose samples that follow a rule/pattern that they discover.
CHEEKY BABY (1 month ago)
Terrific Book - Highly Recommended https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruYR_SnotbA
cole Recksiedler (1 month ago)
I feel like this was one of the most important videos I've ever seen
Kyousou (1 month ago)
This is my third time watching this, For me I am everything here. I was once panic monster, I also was instant gratification monkey. I found myself that both things only make me rush for the work and ended up not enough time. For the panic monster there is not enough time to think carefully, and for IGM there is not enough time to polish the project. This is because human start thinking about project unconciously the moment they got it. With the balance of working pace, take your time to look around while continually think about project and write down ideas from time to time then start working on project after you got the rough idea about what I'm gonna do. So that I could have balance perfect for each project, but the project will never be perfect that's why I learned how to let it go and keep move on. It's not something we cannot control, it's skill and we need practice in order to find balance.
alifkermacore (1 month ago)
I feel very smart now
livetoboardteam (1 month ago)
being indifference (1 month ago)
Huh? Are you completely out of your mind?
Kshitiz Rimal (1 month ago)
if the original thinkers are between pre-crastinators and pro-crastinators.. doesn't that mean they are like regular people?
Lisa (1 month ago)
Thank YOU
Ricky B (1 month ago)
Oh man, so you're basically okaying my procrastination. Risky move. Challenge accepted.
Jazz Patel (1 month ago)
The font used is Brandon Grotesque.
Sean Devine (1 month ago)
Did this fruit say he has a wife? How can you trust anything else he says after that?
Dolores Rosas (1 month ago)
Yeah, I had an idea to ask about something to ask to a patient with diarrhea syndrome being their work. I was not sure if it were right, but say it nervously anyway. One of my classmates, immediately rejected my lime of thinking making a little discouraged about saying it. Then our professor gave a look as if he was pondering the idea of questioning instead of just throwing it out, moments later, spoke "Dolores has good idea, but not in the conventional sense. Let's say we had a patient that works in a place where the patient constantly changed diapers, but doesn't wash hands properly.
Dolores Rosas (1 month ago)
I agree about making more givers, but what the one that used trust and abuse it. When was 10, had a female teacher that I gave my trust to, but instead of valuing my trust used it to verbally abuse me while the rest of the class went to recess.
I Had an Idea (1 month ago)
For all of you out there procrastinating by watching this video... keep up the creativity!
ella penso (1 month ago)
is this the guy who dubbs SOUTH PARK people?
TheLegendaryChicken (1 month ago)
Shoot, That's what I am, a precrastinator
Davin Schmied (1 month ago)
Where did he get that sweater?... Honestly really want that sweater!
weasel w (1 month ago)
Ironically I was procrastinating while watching this video
Giuseppe Costa (1 month ago)
I think I doubt too much
Spoorthi Kalaptapu (1 month ago)
What about google
DYNAMITE (1 month ago)
jamais vu
raymond gonzalez (1 month ago)
- this guy summed up my whole life... I've been feeling really depressed cus everyone seems to doubt me cus I try lots of ideas and fail sometimes.. thanks for the video... It brightened my day.
raymond gonzalez (1 month ago)
.... Now I have no one on my side, but I feel I will do well in the future.
raymond gonzalez (1 month ago)
- also .. it's alot easier to convince someone your gonna fail ... then it is to convince someone your gonna do well...
Jimmy Rustling (1 month ago)
1:06 oops misspoke
Ludwig Vonn (1 month ago)
Mr. Numi Who (1 month ago)
Interesting interpretation of the data; in-depth thinking... but the title should have been 'The Main Habit of Original Thinkers'...
Rally Lin (1 month ago)
Men men men. Zzzzzzzzzz. “Originals”
Oh ok his token was the Frozen woman. Thanks dude.
No Brakes (1 month ago)
Its called Ja mais vu, good talk otherwise.
Rafael Musacchio (1 month ago)
Hideo Kojima most be a ultra procrastinator
Els Rulmyn (1 month ago)
You're probably only watching this to convince yourself that you're a creative, original person
Els Rulmyn (1 month ago)
I know that because that's the only reason I'M watching it
Dr. Justin Time (1 month ago)
7:21 Procrastination is a vice when it comes to productivity 7:23 but it can be a virtue for creativity. 13:17 The Edison Talking Doll, Doll's Theatorium - [audio] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw5c52Fkq7c
gul e rana (1 month ago)
mackeymkay (1 month ago)
First mover - Edison. Improver - Tesla.
Daisy Jayde (1 month ago)
I'm suddenly realizing that my mind works like an "original" and I always thought it was because of my learning disabilities.
CraZy DemON (1 month ago)
Pussy Money (1 month ago)
With Can I do to be com a comedian
Pussy Money (1 month ago)
I love comedy so much
Kodey Gray (1 month ago)
Interested in seeing the study that provided the first 47% failure vs. improvers 8% failure information.
Darth Youtube (1 month ago)
legit watching this while procrastinating
WISDOM FOR LIFE (1 month ago)
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. Bonus: 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.
Agastya Singh (7 days ago)
Another original idea here.
TheJigoChigo (25 days ago)
thank you for breaking it down for us much love
Irfanul Karim (1 month ago)
Berty Tova (1 month ago)
Thanks a lot !!
kormannn1 (1 month ago)
"Our biggest regrets are our inactions, not our actions" Only if you use saved up money.
Kimble Mo Jimble (1 month ago)
Its not procrastination itself, but rather "distracting" yourself with other physical or mental tasks that are mildly mentally challenging. Something thats distracting enough for the subconcious mind to wander off, make new connections and then you have the inspired idea suddenly appear. The classic example of this is finding inspiration in the shower.
Breaking The Seal (1 month ago)
the title is pretty click bait
Michael Doucet (1 month ago)
How does this guy not understand the difference between an "original" person and an innovator. Original literally means FIRST. Google wasn't original, since it wasn't first. Did he give his TEDTalk a "clickbait" title to make people believe he'd give them the secret to being original?
xy double helix (1 month ago)
00:00 am
xy double helix (1 month ago)
660 UK
Aguy (1 month ago)
Can't close the cafe in England labs in case professors and scientists have an epiphany.
Change Talk (1 month ago)
"Idea doubt is energizing" - so true! It's so different from self-doubt. #ChangeTalk with Laura Hansen
류미키미키미키 (1 month ago)
애덤 그란트 멋진 강의 감사합니다.^^
Gid * (1 month ago)
This might be the first Ted Talk that actually *talked* to me.
Sam Can (1 month ago)
oi you missed opera off the list
Bluesky (1 month ago)
I forget how much I enjoyed minesweeper before :)
Jair Robledo (1 month ago)
Inspiration is like a shooting star you cant predict it and when it happens you better capture it before it disappears
Quick Beam (1 month ago)
No its jeme vu or however its spelled...im not kidding :3
kegan (1 month ago)
"Most successful animated movie of all time" yeah.. when the price of tickets have been over-inflated to quintuple what they were 15 years ago
kegan (1 month ago)
Chrome comes pre-installed on many phones now.
Daniel Beaird (1 month ago)
I see this problem alot in the manufacturing fields, where alot of old timers take it offensively if you dont do things the way they do, which is usually roll up ur sleeves and dive in frantically, often leading to alot of time spent later cleaning up, where if u take a few min. To think you save time in the end cause you make a more efficient process as you go rather than making something functional now but fixing it later, i.e what number is this... 1000000000000, vs, 1,000,000,000,000 sometimes it's easier to take the time and make the "commas" in life as you go rather than finishing quickly but left with extra work at the end
zahrah alward (1 month ago)
thank you soooo much

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