The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

by Adam Grant

Originals thinkers, feel fear and doubt. They procrastinate. Originals are afraid of failing but they are even more afraid of failing to try. Therefore they are the ones who fail the most because they are the ones who try the most.

He also gives a great insight on procrastination and its correlation to creativity. Procrastination gives you time to consider divergent ideas, to think in non-linear ways and to make unexpected leaps and can be a virtue when it comes to creativity.

For all of us judging ourselves as procrastinators, here is a mindset shift invitation: “You call it procrastinating, I call it thinking”!

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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