Title: Originals

Recommendation: 8.5/10

Summary: Looking for a jigsaw of insight on failure, business, the benefits of procrastination, and how to cultivate original thought? Look no further.

Adam‘s definition of originality “[it]…doesn’t require being first. It just means being different and better.” ties closely to creativity, making non-obvious connections that result in something different, something original. 

For example, Leonardo developed flying machines based on his observations of birds. He displayed that to identify value creation connections an insatiable curiosity and diverse experiences are invaluable.

Today’s challenges require new solutions. To be successful, we need creativity, we need originality.


Originals are people who feel the fear and do it anyway.

The more you value achievement the more you come to dread failure.

Child prodigies are held back from moving the world forward because they don’t learn to be original. Practice makes perfect, but it doesn’t make new.

The biggest barrier to originality is not idea generation it’s idea selection.

To increase our odds of betting on the best original ideas we have to generate our own ideas immediately before we search other’s suggestions.

Vuja De is when you face something familiar but see it with a fresh perspective that enables us to gain new insight into old problems.

Failing yields less regret than failing to try.

Photo by Kristaps Ungurs on Unsplash.

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