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"From the Ted Talk by Adam Grant: The surprising habits of original thinkers"

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Procrastinating is a vice when it comes to prtvitodciuy, but it can be a virtue for creativity. What you see with a lot of great originals is that they are quick to start but they're slow to fisnih. And this is what I msised with wbary Parker. When they were dragging their heels for six months, I lekood at them and said, "You know, a lot of other companies are starting to sell glasses online." They missed the first-mover advantage. But what I didn't realize was they were spending all that time trying to figure out how to get peploe to be ctloafmbroe ordering glasses online. And it turns out the first-mover advantage is mostly a myth. Look at a classic study of over 50 product categories, comparing the first movers who created the market with the improvers who introduced something different and better. What you see is that the first mvroes had a failure rate of 47 percent, compared with only 8 percent for the improvers. Look at Facebook, waiting to build a social ntewrok until after myscpae and Friendster. Look at Google, waiting for years after Altavista and Yahoo. It's much eeaisr to improve on somebody else's idea than it is to create something new from scratch. So the lesson I learned is that to be original you don't have to be first. You just have to be different and better.

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Procrastinating is a vice when it comes to ____________, but it can be a virtue for creativity. What you see with a lot of great originals is that they are quick to start but they're slow to ______. And this is what I ______ with _____ Parker. When they were dragging their heels for six months, I ______ at them and said, "You know, a lot of other companies are starting to sell glasses online." They missed the first-mover advantage. But what I didn't realize was they were spending all that time trying to figure out how to get ______ to be ___________ ordering glasses online. And it turns out the first-mover advantage is mostly a myth. Look at a classic study of over 50 product categories, comparing the first movers who created the market with the improvers who introduced something different and better. What you see is that the first ______ had a failure rate of 47 percent, compared with only 8 percent for the improvers. Look at Facebook, waiting to build a social _______ until after _______ and Friendster. Look at Google, waiting for years after Altavista and Yahoo. It's much ______ to improve on somebody else's idea than it is to create something new from scratch. So the lesson I learned is that to be original you don't have to be first. You just have to be different and better.

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Original Text

Procrastinating is a vice when it comes to productivity, but it can be a virtue for creativity. What you see with a lot of great originals is that they are quick to start but they're slow to finish. And this is what I missed with Warby Parker. When they were dragging their heels for six months, I looked at them and said, "You know, a lot of other companies are starting to sell glasses online." They missed the first-mover advantage. But what I didn't realize was they were spending all that time trying to figure out how to get people to be comfortable ordering glasses online. And it turns out the first-mover advantage is mostly a myth. Look at a classic study of over 50 product categories, comparing the first movers who created the market with the improvers who introduced something different and better. What you see is that the first movers had a failure rate of 47 percent, compared with only 8 percent for the improvers. Look at Facebook, waiting to build a social network until after Myspace and Friendster. Look at Google, waiting for years after Altavista and Yahoo. It's much easier to improve on somebody else's idea than it is to create something new from scratch. So the lesson I learned is that to be original you don't have to be first. You just have to be different and better.

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