Enter the cult of extreme productivity | Mark Adams | TEDxHSG

  • Published on Mar 22, 2018
  • In this talk Mark shares a dramatic and powerful system that takes productivity thinking to whole new and terrifying level, allowing a person to achieve almost any goal they set themselves with rapid speed. The secret to this type of exponential success? Bin your ‘affirmations’ and ‘goals’ and instead embrace fear as your friend by making irreversible decisions. Instead of hapless resolutions members of the "Lock-In" cult contract with themselves in a way that they cannot escape from (without suffering brutal consequences). The “Lock-In" system harnesses our most primal evolutionary instinct - to avoid pain - and uses it to radically supercharge our lives. Many of the most successful people in history have used its phenomenal power to create extraordinary success. Think you're hardcore enough? Then enter the Cult of Extreme Productivity Mark Adams is Vice President and Head of Innovation at VICE, which has come from humble beginnings as a print magazine to digitally transform into a 5 billion dollar youth media empire. In this talk, Mark describes the cult of extreme productivity that he became part of alongside his brother. The cult is all about making irreversible decisions that make “manifesting” your dreams the only option because not achieving it would create indescribable suffering. This is the second time Mark has done a TEDx talk. The first time his talk was banned. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at www.ted.com/tedx

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  • Kenny Arias
    Kenny Arias 5 days ago

    2:48 wait so you procrastinated doing research instead of doing your stuff?

  • Kenny Arias
    Kenny Arias 5 days ago

    only one tedtalk works and it´s "how to achieve your most ambitious goals"

  • Lyme Nation
    Lyme Nation 8 days ago

    Bradley Cooper?

  • Purpel
    Purpel 11 days ago

    He didnt actually give an actual process to deal with the problems lol. Just made the problems obvious to those who werent aware of them.

  • KIREZI-UHAGAZE Constantin

    I have watched hundreds of TED Talks on all subjects combined, but this is the first time that I have watched one and said; I wanna meet this guy.

  • Simon Inglis
    Simon Inglis 22 days ago

    quote...95% of TED talks? that was bloody rude, and arrogant
    I find about 80% are pretty good, and about 10 % are extremely impressive, with a good 2% being life altering. A small percentage are by self-absorbed narcissistic wankers pretending something mundane is exciting because they just discovered it themselves. What was the practical component? We have to threaten ourselves in some way in order to take a disciplined approach to long term goals? He was all over the place. it was like looking at pure ADHD.

  • Andrew H
    Andrew H 23 days ago +1

    ....poor life habits like choosing to drink the night before a talk like this is why this guy thinks he needs to be "hyper productive" when in reality he just needs some basic focus and disciplne which would generate a more efficient life...guy is a bit delusional

  • Angela Roberts
    Angela Roberts 23 days ago


  • David Yang
    David Yang 25 days ago

    This is a scary talk. I think some of the comments are getting what the talk is implying.
    It's also helpful in a sense, but also, fear is a BIG reason why people procrastinate, it's a big reason why I do it, anyway.
    So hear his points, decide for yourself.

  • Ann E
    Ann E 28 days ago

    I got more information from the video summary than from the talk itself 😂very entertaining speaker tho

  • Reigo Alviste
    Reigo Alviste Month ago


  • Hala
    Hala Month ago

    It took my attention that when we drink smoke and maximise the present moment we take from someone we don’t know yet but it’s “Me” and he was drinking just yesterday before ted talk

  • number eleven
    number eleven Month ago

    They must have been inspired by the Stephen King movie Cat's Eye (Quitter's Inc.).

  • Mudita
    Mudita Month ago +1

    Thank you for sharing!

  • Wang Jia
    Wang Jia Month ago

    How can this empty speech reach 1.5 mln views? This is one of the worst TEDx speeches I've seen

  • Gabriel Szada
    Gabriel Szada Month ago

    bunch of bs

  • Jonathan Davis
    Jonathan Davis Month ago

    Mind blown..

  • So So
    So So Month ago

    yeah there was a wole explanaton and not only a metaphore sweetheart and I am presenting this to you right now: they didnt obey God. funny how he made it a laughable matter, remmber the whole story but not this. either way, I quite enjoyed his speech.

  • maillaarni
    maillaarni Month ago

    Much talk about nothing. He is also talking very fast, a sign of someone who is very nervous. I couldn't understand anything. This talk is all over the place.

  • Hari Krishna
    Hari Krishna Month ago

    Looks like BDSM

  • 12manganime
    12manganime Month ago

    if Fred or George gave a TED talk...

  • Aznromeo 2nd Channel - Unreleased Content

    Ths guy laughs at his own jokes to much...

  • David Wagner
    David Wagner 2 months ago

    Ive got a damn cone on my porch 🤣

  • Mr. Carnivoire
    Mr. Carnivoire 2 months ago

    This guy needs to watch the why you need to sleep seminar. Worse ted talk i ever seen.

  • Christopher Watson
    Christopher Watson 2 months ago

    You would think that the Tedx Talks editors would align the visual presentation accordingly.

  • rkingsiv
    rkingsiv 2 months ago

    13:23 Lock-in

  • Tomas Muñoz
    Tomas Muñoz 2 months ago +1

    "Self improvement is masturbation" tyler durden

  • Jeff Quinto
    Jeff Quinto 2 months ago

    Summary in 16:17. Thank me later

  • Nasir Javed
    Nasir Javed 2 months ago

    Strange talk. He himself procrastinated from the topic.

  • Ishumani Bhardwaj
    Ishumani Bhardwaj 2 months ago

    So basically we are constantly maximizing the present moment which is more fun. But we are taking the fun out of future self. Seize the critical self.

  • rkingsiv
    rkingsiv 2 months ago

    16:12 Escaping demonic trap

  • Chavez
    Chavez 2 months ago

    I can't focus on the content as his face and voice makes me want to punch him in the testicles.

  • 24nico1996
    24nico1996 2 months ago

    who else is watching this so they can keep procrastinating?

  • Tshepho Ngoako
    Tshepho Ngoako 2 months ago

    You gave me an idea I'm going to use for personal productivity 🤝🤝

  • eatmeatleet
    eatmeatleet 2 months ago

    the only thing hes got going is being australian, dont need nothing else

  • Casually Matthew
    Casually Matthew 2 months ago +4

    when he said "its you versus you" that literally hit home. This is so true. Thank you.

  • akash sharma
    akash sharma 2 months ago

    One of the worst ted talks i have seen. Wasted almost 20 minutes

  • Mihalis Guitar Channel
    Mihalis Guitar Channel 2 months ago

    I think on the new year's resolution list you nearly wrote .. early to beer :-)

  • Chris Gratsas
    Chris Gratsas 2 months ago +1

    This guy has such an amazing stage presence

  • Gina G
    Gina G 2 months ago

    I'm disappointed that he crapped out at the end. His explanation and how-to was so rushed and incomplete.

    • Gina G
      Gina G 2 months ago

      @Jon Costello I had read other comments and I do know what he was getting at. However, it was still rushed and not thoughtfully explained. If a person has to read comments to fully understand a presentation then he failed at delivering his message. Total waste of time.

    • Jon Costello
      Jon Costello 2 months ago

      It was not rushed and incomplete. It was purposefully veiled. He went through publicly explaining that his first attempt was banned totally from TED. He has changed his presentation to be much more ambiguous. Check out other comments for people explaining what he's saying between the lines.

  • Brandon A. English
    Brandon A. English 2 months ago +1

    I realize that this video has been up for a while but I would like to make a somewhat humorous but I think accurate point:

    At first, I felt let-down because of the ending, or rather lack of said ending. However, due to the subtle inclusion of certain pictures and not-so-subtle use of subject matter, I realized not only what the ending points, recommendations, suggestions, and advice are, but also why he didn't just come out and state them.

    My take is that this is basically "Motivational Fight Club," where you don't talk about it -- or rather just can't talk about it -- without getting banned by TEDx Talks. So my guess is that his last speech just went into too much detail and was taken to be too violent, controversial, "off the rails," or just too...something. Perhaps by presenting it in this way, he can take not only the heat off of himself and his topic, but also keep himself out of trouble and lawsuits by not directly telling people exactly what to do, but rather simply planting the seed idea in their minds.

    I've used this type of motivation before with a friend who wanted to build his confidence talking to women. One day I asked him for money and didn't tell him why, I just said I needed it and he could get it back soon. He handed it over and then I told him I'd give it back in increments as he talked to the girls I pointed out. Short end to this story: he got his money back rather quickly and now he has his first girlfriend.

    What he's saying works, but I can't imagine that I'd advocate allowing someone to punch me or beat me up if I failed to meet one of my goals. I guess that for some people, this type of agreement or contract would be almost necessary in order to get them off their asses and doing what they say they really want to do.

    • Jon Costello
      Jon Costello 2 months ago

      I think that utilizing fear as a motivational tool strips all the potential lessons that could be learned and propogated. Fear takes dominion spot.

  • Katie Love
    Katie Love 2 months ago +1

    Don't they vet these people anymore before letting them take over TED stage !!😂

  • Katie Love
    Katie Love 2 months ago +1

    The title was ok until started hearing this guy talk. Unfortunately he didn't deliver his message clearly.
    Also don't try to sound you're better that everyone else by dropping names like Buckingham palace. It was unnecessary.
    I have met prince Charles does that mean I have to brag about it to everyone??

  • Johan
    Johan 2 months ago

    Mmmyeeeeah, no thanks. Bye.

  • Rah
    Rah 2 months ago

    Just do it, thats all you need to know

  • Shooyu G
    Shooyu G 3 months ago

    Such a sad story about nana and the type... I was the reporter of my college school newspaper, and I promised my grandpa to show him the newspaper with my article, but every time I got home, I forgot. My grandpa passed away and I never had a chance to show him the newspaper. I felt so regret......

    • Shooyu G
      Shooyu G 3 months ago

      tape. wrong spelling sorry

  • wetlazer
    wetlazer 3 months ago

    Dead ringer for Bradley Cooper, this guy.

  • Daniel Leslie
    Daniel Leslie 3 months ago

    Basically procrastinating period and procrastinating on motivational is useless and a waste of time that will yield failure. The only way to succeed is to act on it and fear failure more than succeeding

  • M2tO
    M2tO 3 months ago

    So basically: do not work for today(now), but for tomorrow(future)

  • Valeria Parra
    Valeria Parra 3 months ago

    one of the best talks

  • behzad
    behzad 3 months ago

    Hmmm ... he thinks he's so smart and also "funny" ... I don't think so ...

  • Chartes
    Chartes 3 months ago

    Wow TED ..the bar is getting lower..

  • sutemati
    sutemati 3 months ago +1

    set yourself something that you can fear so hard that you wont let it happen, i.e. bring yourself into situations you cant leave at all.
    Use your fear to your advantage is the key of what he said (to everyone that didnt get or try’s to procrastinate out of the real meaning of what he said)

  • motivate grow com
    motivate grow com 3 months ago +1

    Ted is a amateur comedians first platform.
    Cheap laugh for weak setups and soft punchlines

  • Rafa Olv
    Rafa Olv 3 months ago

    Why is Bradley Cooper giving a Ted talk?

  • Michael Hontz
    Michael Hontz 3 months ago

    I don’t have a plan till I get punched in the face then it’s 3 cheers for sweet revenge.

  • Nelson
    Nelson 3 months ago +1

    It's 2019 and Moore's law is officially dead.

  • Larry Lord
    Larry Lord 3 months ago

    Change is generational, technology and social order needs to be focused on this premise

  • Team Ecologic
    Team Ecologic 3 months ago

    Fear works for me too

  • Formik Films
    Formik Films 3 months ago

    this resonated so much with me today, damn, tedx always waking up my consciousness