Originals book cover

The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they are the ones who try the most.  You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.”   

~ Adam Grant, book author and organizational psychologist


One of the world’s experts on Originals wrote a book with amazing insights into how our flaws – like procrastination, fear and doubt – are the very things to launch our greatest success.  In fact, these characteristics may enable us to literally change the world as we know it.  Grant talks about how all this works in his TED talk, “The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers.”

He talks about the lessons he has learned from studying original thinkers.  He sites Leonardo DiVinci and the years it took for his Mona Lisa painting.  He tells us about Martin Luther King waiting until the very last minute to make changes to his speech – and then going off script to utter the line: “I have a dream.”

People who are not prone to original thought (or have been so beaten down by other people’s rules you have lost the gift) see original thinkers as bold and confident.  The bravado seen is riddled with self doubt.  However, these bold people have a huge “fear of failure to try.”  We know there are two ways to fail.  Not trying is a big failure.  Failing after trying is much more original and it is essential to the success of imperfect people.

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