Adam Grant: The surprising habits of original thinkers
Adam Grant - Organizational psychologist
After years of studying the dynamics of success and productivity in the workplace, Adam Grant discovered a powerful and often overlooked motivator: helping others. Full bio
and asked me to invest in his company.
an industry by selling stuff online."
the whole summer on this, right?"
just in case it doesn't work out."
go in full time once you graduate."
lined up backup jobs."
not a functioning website.
the entire company is a website.
naming the company Warby Parker.
as the world's most innovative company
that I come to call "originals."
who stand out and speak up.
and change in the world.
three things I've learned
that I passed on Warby Parker
getting off the ground.
with the mind of a procrastinator.
I'm the opposite. I'm a precrastinator.
a few hours before a big deadline
a few months ahead of time.
I took Nintendo games very seriously.
until I had mastered them.
that a local newspaper came
of Nintendo, starring me.
four months before the deadline.
until a few years ago.
who came to me and said,
when I'm procrastinating."
where are the four papers you owe me?"
of our most creative students,
this is the kind of idea that I test.
about how often they procrastinate.
how creative and innovative they are.
the precrastinators like me,
to the chronic procrastinators.
They didn't fill out my survey."
who wait until the last minute
that they don't have any new ideas.
the people who race in
don't have original thoughts either.
where originals seem to live.
just have bad work habits.
does not cause creativity.
to generate new business ideas,
and useful they are.
to do the task right away.
the moderate procrastinators
than the other two groups.
but it's not the driver of the effect,
before you learn about the task,
going to be working on this problem,
in the back of your mind,
to consider divergent ideas,
to make unexpected leaps.
a book about originals,
to teach myself to procrastinate,
with steps on how to procrastinate.
progress toward my goal.
the procrastination chapter,
I had all sorts of new ideas.
I call it thinking."
in history were procrastinators.
he took in optics
the biggest speech of his life,
waiting for his turn to go onstage,
and crossing out lines.
that changed the course of history:
the speech until the very last minute,
to the widest range of possible ideas.
when it comes to productivity,
but they're slow to finish.
with Warby Parker.
their heels for six months,
are starting to sell glasses online."
they were spending all that time
advantage is mostly a myth.
of over 50 product categories,
who created the market
something different and better.
had a failure rate of 47 percent,
for the improvers.
waiting to build a social network
after Altavista and Yahoo.
on somebody else's idea
something new from scratch.
to be original you don't have to be first.
I passed on Warby Parker.
that they had the courage to be original,
would look something like this.
that the rest of us do.
works for most of us.
there are two different kinds of doubt.
to experiment, to refine,
from step three to step four.
are always crap,
and your commitment
going to like the results of this study --
that Firefox and Chrome users
Internet Explorer and Safari users.
15 percent longer, by the way.
on average have similar typing speed
of computer knowledge.
Internet Explorer or Safari,
that was handed to you.
you had to doubt the default
a different option out there,
and download a new browser.
and they're like,
I just need to upgrade my browser?"
to doubt the default
to the opposite of déjà vu.
It's called vuja de.
you've seen many times before
see it with fresh eyes.
who looks at a movie script
for more than half a century.
the main character has been an evil queen.
whether that makes sense.
the most successful animated movie ever.
from this story.
from the rest of us
afraid of failing to try.
by starting a business that goes bankrupt
our biggest regrets are not our actions
if you look at the science,
he didn't expect Tesla to succeed.
let alone get back,
when we have an important idea,
on your bad ideas.
their most important suggestion,
instead of speaking up.
themselves, of looking stupid.
have lots and lots of bad ideas,
with a talking doll so creepy
but adults, too?
for pioneering the light bulb.
are the ones who fail the most,
the best of the best.
in encyclopedias than others
rerecorded more times?
of compositions that they generate.
the more variety you get
of stumbling on something truly original.
Bach, Beethoven, Mozart --
and hundreds of compositions
number of masterpieces.
without doing a whole lot?
if we want to be more original,
were trying to name their company,
unique, with no negative associations
what you see is that originals
from the rest of us.
of those qualities but because of them
don't make the same mistake I did.
don't count yourself out either.
but slow to finish
by doubting your ideas
in order to get a few good ones.
to improve the world around us.
About the speaker:Adam Grant - Organizational psychologist
After years of studying the dynamics of success and productivity in the workplace, Adam Grant discovered a powerful and often overlooked motivator: helping others.
Why you should listen
In his groundbreaking book Give and Take, top-rated Wharton professor Adam Grant upended decades of conventional motivational thinking with the thesis that giving unselfishly to colleagues or clients can lead to one’s own long-term success. Grant’s research has led hundreds of advice seekers (and HR departments) to his doorstep, and it’s changing the way leaders view their workforces.
Grant's book Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World examines how unconventional thinkers overturn the status quo and champion game-changing ideas.
Grant is the host of the TED original podcast WorkLife, taking us inside unconventional workplaces to explore the ideas we can all use to make work more meaningful and creative.
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