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Tony Schwartz: The Myths of the Overworked Creative

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Time is finite, but we act as if it were otherwise, assuming that longer hours always lead to increased productivity. But in reality our bodies are designed to pulse and pause—to expend energy and then renew it. In this revelatory talk, energy expert Tony Schwartz debunks common productivity myths and shows us how to regain control over our energy so we can produce great work.

Tony Schwartz, Founder & CEO, The Energy Project

Tony Schwartz is founder and CEO of The Energy Project, a company that helps individuals and organizations fuel energy, engagement, focus, and productivity by drawing on the science of high performance. Tony has written four bestselling books, including The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, published in 2010, and The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy Not Time, co-authored with Jim Loehr. Tony has also published widely about leadership, engagement, and culture change.

He was a reporter for the New York Times, an Associate Editor at Newsweek, a staff writer at New York and Esquire magazines and a columnist for Fast Company. He co-authored the #1 worldwide bestseller The Art of the Deal with Donald Trump and also wrote What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America. Tony has delivered keynotes to audiences around the world and has done leadership work with senior executives at dozens of companies including Google, Apple, Sony, Ford, and Harvard Business School.

Comments (53)
  • Donn Lee

    It always amazes me how much creative and productive work I can do after having had “enough” rest, and yet there’s something about my psychology that keeps me up longer than I should, that makes me drag my feet even when I should be off my feet (in bed). It’s probably time that I put sleep as an “activity” to do, perhaps then will I get enough of it.

  • Sean A. Metcalf

    This is truly incredible. Thank you!!!

  • shadowmason

    Thinking about sharing this with my students at Minneapolis Community Technical College. Great information!

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    This is very true, so close to home too

  • Caleb Chamberlain

    I would like to know if I can download this viseo or if there is a dvd available some where? my email is Thank you

  • jkglei

    Hi Caleb. Glad you enjoyed the video. We don’t allow downloading, but you’re free to pull the embed code above to put the video on your blog or elsewhere.

  • Sdzxcxvc

    Get more energy so you can produce more for Corporate America… (sigh)

  • Haseeb Qureshi

    Simply amazing, truly encouraging a better lifestyle with a higher level of productivity. Burn out is never fun, nor productive, so let’s prevent it altogether.

  • Josh Johnson

    That…was probably one of the most enlightening videos that I’ve watched in some time. I’ve been running a marathon for quite a while…it’s time to break it into smaller sprints so I can get those small wins and recover in between. That’s for certain.

    On the bright side, I’ve already cut out multitasking. I just need to recognize the burnout when I’ve been working too long and not sleeping long enough. The sleep deprivation hurts more than anything, really.

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  • Georgia Diaconescu

    this is just simply an outstanding talk. thank you so much

  • Gan Handler

    Ok, this was good at debunking myths and identifying the problem, but he never addresses a solution/plan/method for achieving this balanced lifestyle. How do you recover and renew throughout the day? How can you transition from the caffeine/sleeping pill cycle to a natural one? What is the best way to sync to this natural waking/alert pattern? How much recovery time should you put in per day? What techniques can you employ to gain more focus and lengthen attention span? etc etc

  • visualg_nius

    this is amazing!!! definitely needed this boost

  • Bart Cleveland

    Tony is all over the truth here. If people will implement his advice their productivity and happiness will go through the roof.

  • mike

    watch it again couse he did

  • andywoo

    You are spot on. I didn’t see any specific solutions. Either, all of the other posters are applauding the speaker but at no point did he offer specific solutions. He just identified the problem, which is really quite vast.

    Without application knowledge like this is pretty useless. I work in the creative industry and have done for a number of years. I work regularly for companies who have teams of people crunching towards the end of a job. Breaking out of that cycle is going to take A LOT of work from many different people and the speaker didn’t have one suggestion for that.

  • Hin

    I truly want to learn and take in all that Tony has to say but his voice very sharp and hard to absorb.

  • LionessLover

    This is banal stuff he’s talking about. Why do ADULT people need to hear this? And before you vote me down, consider what I’m actually saying: nothing bad about the talk (quite the opposite, can’t you read?), but if you feel emotional reading my first sentence, YOU have, no you even ARE the problem. Because you should NOT need someone to tell you all of this. It’s banal – even if it should be news to YOU.

  • Paul Montwill

    Tony has great presentation skills and energy he uses to sell his message. Really like it! Things he talks about are obvious but… we still don’t obey these simple rules.

  • Marguerite Tennier

    Great presentation and energy.

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