The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

The problem with society is that nobody thinks for themselves, we wait for other people to tell us what to do. Original thinkers are people who drive creativity and change in the world; they are the people who you want to bet on, and they look nothing like you think!

“Originals are nonconformists. People who not only have new ideas but take action to champion them. They’re people who stand out and speak up. Originals drive creativity and change in the world. They’re the people you want to bet on. And they look nothing like I expected,” explained organizational psychologist Adam Grant in a recent TED talk.

“I want to show you three things I’ve learned about recognizing originals and becoming a little bit more like them,” he said.

Seven years ago, psychologist Adam Grant passed on an opportunity to invest in the startup his student was launching because the project was very unorganized, they were less than dedicated procrastinators. That company is known today as Warby Parker, and was recently named the most innovative company by Fast Company, and now he says, “My wife handles all of our investments.” These students, who showed such little promise, managed to grow such a promising company. This managed to Spark Mr. Grants interest and prompted him to begin his study into originals.

“If you’re an original thinker, you are going get told ‘no’ a lot, and you have to be able to hear ‘no’ many times from the bankers and trust that at some point, someone is going to recognize that you are an artist and not a can of soda.” Nick Offerman

Maybe if we all thought with a little bit more creativity the world would be a much brighter place.


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