You Need Quantity To Get Quality

In the book “Originals,” Adam Grant says that people who are original, such as a Picasso, a Bach, or a Mozart, are not reliable creators of great work.

And what Grant means by this is that originals, who are people who create great work, do not always consistently create work that is great.

Seth Godin, for example, has once said that over 50% of his posts are average. Yet, Seth Godin is one of the greatest and most popular bloggers in the world.

The total number of artworks that Picasso created in his life has been estimated to be around 50,000 works of art, but Picasso is only known for about 10 pieces of art.

Similarly, among the 50 greatest pieces of music ever created, 6 belong to Mozart. But in order to create those 6, Mozart had to write over 600 songs.

Not everything Picasso, Bach, and Godin created was innovative and revolutionary.

Grant says,

“It’s widely assumed that there’s a tradeoff between quantity and quality – if you want to do better work, you have to do less of it – but this turns out to be false. In fact, when it comes to idea generation, quantity is the most predictable path to quality.”

What this means is, in order to create a few masterpieces of your own, you need to learn to create a lot. This is the basic idea behind individuals who are considered great, innovative, and original.

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5 thoughts on “You Need Quantity To Get Quality

  1. And the planting a lot can be in private on a piece of paper to bash out ideas, throw in the bin, revamp.. before a post is made. But its like with everything , experience and a bit inspiration. well i am refering to me and my blog..

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    1. that’s true but don’t cheat yourself with this Bella. Just because you have a 1,000 ideas and then decide to turn one of those ideas into an article doesn’t mean that article will be a masterpiece. You have to create 1,000 articles to get the one masterpiece. But those 1,000 articles will come from 10,000 possible ideas that you had.

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  2. Wow I never thought of it this way.
    As a developing blogger, I get discouraged when my work isn’t always noticed. This reminded me that they all won’t be a winner. But those few that are make it all worth it.

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    1. exactly:) It’s extremely difficult for us, as writers, to predict which posts that we create will be liked and which ones won’t. We just have to create the best post that we can and create posts often, and inevitably, we’ll create a few really great ones:)

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