April 04, 2016
Recently listened to an interesting interview of Adam Grant (via James Altucher’s podcast) where he talked about his research in his book “Originals”. Adam Grant is the youngest tenured and most highly rated professor at the Wharton School.
Procrastination leads to more creative/original ideas (up to a point).
As a society, we’re most definitely not optimizing for creative and original thinking. We place so much value on conformity and robot-like depth of knowledge that we shun those who may be most likely to offer the most innovative ideas and solutions.
For example, schools and companies tend to reward the most risk-averse and conformist indoctrinated individuals while punishing the rest. This leads to a very one-dimensional labor force, unable to think outside the confines of their own boundaries.
This is largely due to the increased competition and cutthroat nature of education/labor markets.
Written by Jeremy Bernier who left the NYC rat race to travel the world, work remotely, and find the meaning of life.