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Adam Grant is a best selling author who has written lots of great books, and his latest book “Originals” is one of my favorites even though I haven’t finished it yet. In this TED video, he explains many of the similar traits that history’s greatest “originals” have shared and how we can also learn to be more creative and original.

I had several “lightbulb” moments watching his talk as I thought about how best to apply his findings to my own photography. One that immediately caught my attention was that in order to make great images, you have to make lots of images. You can see this in the work ethic and habits of Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart, who each were incredibly prolific in their lifetimes. That volume of work is what allowed them to create the incredible masterpieces they did. Watch the video for more insightful ideas.

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  1. Hello Robert!
    And thank you for sharing this video. It’s really a great and meaningful source of information.
    I just need to put these advices into action or inaction.
    And by the way, while I am still writing, your art is really great and I am a big fan of your work. Really inspiring!

  2. Hi Robert!

    Thank you for sharing this insightful video. I am, and always will be, a procrastinator. It has created some of the most stressful moments in my life. But it has also helped me to churn-out some of the greatest projects and ideas.

    Adam has expanded on the story of my life, and I’ve never felt so comfortable in knowing that it’s good/okay to be a procrastinator. Also, as my photographic philosophy has led me to embrace: quality over quantity is best, but it is through quantity that quality is found. Adam’s 15 minute breakdown of this understanding of what it really means to be a procrastinator has me very intrigued. I think I’ll take the next 6 months or so, reading his book “Originals.”

    Thanks again for the share. I likely would have never come across this.

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