How creative geniuses maximized their odds of creating a masterpiece

Shakespeare, Mozart, Picasso, Albert Einstein all produced a huge volume of work throughout the years. By doing so, they increased the odds of having influential and successful ones.

According to Adam M. Grant’s Originals, many creative geniuses came up with a large number of ideas throughout the years. For example,

These works were not necessarily better than their peers’. However, by producing a greater volume of work, they increased the odds of having influential and successful ones. At the same time, not only were their works outstanding, they also had the highest originality during the period where they produced the largest volume.

That said, to do better work, you want to do more of it. Instead of obsessing about quality, you want to focus on quantity. Putting more works out there also means that you gather feedback faster, have more time to reflect and improve your pieces.

Now, the thing is, doing work itself is hard, doing more of it is harder, doing it consistently is incredibly hard. That’s why having a good system to keep you in check frequently as well as keeping track of your work is crucial to your success. I’ve written about system planning and goal setting here if you’re interested in checking it out →



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