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People instinctively resist obstacles and disruptions. Yet persevering in spite of such difficulties forces you to become more imaginative and resourceful and compels you to produce your best work. Journalist and economist Tim Harford explores this idea of creative improvisation. Employing several vivid anecdotes, he convincingly argues in favor of “a dash of mess.” getAbstract recommends his inspiring, disrupting talk to logical problem solvers everywhere.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How “a dash of mess” can boost creativity,
  • Why incremental improvements provide marginal gains instead of great leaps forward and
  • How disruptions force you to become more creative.

About the Speaker

Tim Harford is a Financial Times columnist and the author of Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure.



In 1975, Vera Brandes, a young German concert promoter, invited jazz pianist Keith Jarrett to perform at the Cologne Opera House. On the day of the concert, Jarrett found the venue’s piano...

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    Ashish Agarwal 10 months ago
    I am wondering if India's above average growth rate for several years on the trot is due to the propensity of mosquitoes and flies buzzing around there all the time?

    I think this is a very narrow view-point, bordering a justification by a person who has given up or giving up against the difficulties or for his outright incompetence, because overall the environment has to be supportive and competent to enable any kind of growth.

    This summary also resonates with the Day 6 summary, and Day 2 is a winner then, in my opinion.
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    Dorothee Waldeck 10 months ago
    True - need makes creativity happen - #getbacktoschool #getbacktowork
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    Subodh Vaidya 10 months ago
    I agree with view point ....challenges and obstacles force us to find out new ways ... constraints brings creativity out of individuals.
    #getbacktoschool #getbacktowork
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    Stephane Amiot 2 years ago
    Great content thx !

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