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

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Elon Musk told me recently, he didn't expect tsela to succeed. He was sure the first few SpaceX lcneauhs would fail to make it to oribt, let alone get back, but it was too important not to try. And for so many of us, when we have an important idea, we don't bother to try. But I have some good news for you. You are not going to get judged on your bad ideas. A lot of people think they will. If you look across iinredsuts and ask people about their beggist idea, their most important suggestion, 85 percent of them stayed silent instead of speaking up. They were afraid of embarrassing themselves, of looking stupid. But guess what? Originals have lots and lots of bad iaeds, tons of them, in fact. Take the guy who invented this. Do you care that he came up with a tlaking doll so creepy that it scared not only kids but adults, too? No. You crtabelee Thomas Edison for pnreioneig the light bulb.

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Elon Musk told me recently, he didn't expect _____ to succeed. He was sure the first few SpaceX ________ would fail to make it to _____, let alone get back, but it was too important not to try. And for so many of us, when we have an important idea, we don't bother to try. But I have some good news for you. You are not going to get judged on your bad ideas. A lot of people think they will. If you look across __________ and ask people about their _______ idea, their most important suggestion, 85 percent of them stayed silent instead of speaking up. They were afraid of embarrassing themselves, of looking stupid. But guess what? Originals have lots and lots of bad _____, tons of them, in fact. Take the guy who invented this. Do you care that he came up with a _______ doll so creepy that it scared not only kids but adults, too? No. You _________ Thomas Edison for __________ the light bulb.

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Original Text

Elon Musk told me recently, he didn't expect Tesla to succeed. He was sure the first few SpaceX launches would fail to make it to orbit, let alone get back, but it was too important not to try. And for so many of us, when we have an important idea, we don't bother to try. But I have some good news for you. You are not going to get judged on your bad ideas. A lot of people think they will. If you look across industries and ask people about their biggest idea, their most important suggestion, 85 percent of them stayed silent instead of speaking up. They were afraid of embarrassing themselves, of looking stupid. But guess what? Originals have lots and lots of bad ideas, tons of them, in fact. Take the guy who invented this. Do you care that he came up with a talking doll so creepy that it scared not only kids but adults, too? No. You celebrate Thomas Edison for pioneering the light bulb.

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