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

Comments • 968

  • wetlazer
    wetlazer 6 hours ago

    Dead ringer for Bradley Cooper, this guy.

  • Daniel Leslie
    Daniel Leslie Day 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 2 days ago

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

  • Valeria Parra
    Valeria Parra 2 days ago

    one of the best talks

  • behzad
    behzad 2 days ago

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

  • Chartes
    Chartes 2 days ago

    Wow TED ..the bar is getting lower..

  • sutemati
    sutemati 3 days 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)

  • kironyo kironyo
    kironyo kironyo 3 days ago +1

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

  • Rafa Olv
    Rafa Olv 3 days ago

    Why is Bradley Cooper giving a Ted talk?

  • Michael Hontz
    Michael Hontz 5 days ago

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

  • Nelson
    Nelson 5 days ago

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

  • Larry Lord
    Larry Lord 5 days ago

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

  • Team Ecologic
    Team Ecologic 6 days ago

    Fear works for me too

  • Formik Films
    Formik Films 6 days ago

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

  • Andrea Ispanovics
    Andrea Ispanovics 10 days ago

    But is it worth to be very productive if you live in constant stress and fear?

  • Игорь Коняхин

    The talk starts at 16:03.
    Such a useless waste of time. The first 16 minutes he has been talking how everything else doesn't work, mixed with his constant overexcitement and jokes of mild quality. Only after these 16 minutes he reveals his idea of "locking in". He doesn't bake it by research and only gives himself and his brother as a successful example.

  • Stijn Rijnders
    Stijn Rijnders 11 days ago +1

    could anyone explain how I could apply this to let's say my homework?

    • David Alaka
      David Alaka 7 days ago

      Tell your brother/ friend to beat you up if you don't finish your home work

  • Ghryst VanGhod
    Ghryst VanGhod 11 days ago


  • Lider Up Loader
    Lider Up Loader 12 days ago

    Just to let you know, Cortés never went to south america, he burned the ships in Veracruz which is located in north america.

  • Brando Alberga
    Brando Alberga 12 days ago

    Great talk.

  • Thought-Provoking Inspiration: Self-Help

    This was like watching an extreme race car spinning out of control at 180 mph and then miraculously getting back on the track and then finishing in first place.

  • Jack Trewin
    Jack Trewin 14 days ago


  • jack strada
    jack strada 14 days ago

    I’ve been living this philosophy since grade school and on 42 now. I’ve spent the last 10 to 15 years trying to figure out how to create a way to hold each other accountable to our potential

  • Mikko S.
    Mikko S. 15 days ago

    It's also the right information, not just any information, that you need. A bigger part of people dont get this right, former me included, and in some cases, the present me too. It's bad enough that you have flaws like inability to form romantic relationships (my biggest flaw), it's much worse when you dont realize it or deny it altogether. Acting comes after and before the right info. Why before, because you need to make mistakes and learn from them so you're not left in the cold to wonder, that's sometimes necessary. Dont be afraid to be flawed and wrong, it doesnt make you any worse than you already are. :)

    The hardest step in adopting new habits and quitting old ones is often the first step, and the first few weeks. Motivation in form of a reason, information in form of understanding, and means to actually go through it are what you need.

    Also instead of contracts and fear as motivating agents for action, you could look at yourself with your mind and see what's holding you back, or ask your friends or a psychologist an opinion if you can't find the answer by yourself. But with meditation, finding the answer becomes easier.

  • zac cru
    zac cru 16 days ago

    Why did camera man didn't show the first slide

  • Awais Noor
    Awais Noor 17 days ago

    But the one who loves to learn not to become rich or successful or anything but genuinely just loves to learn. Whats wrong with that. This ted talk is purely opinion based no research, no anything just the experience of one person. Where is the justice in that.

  • Jubei Tapia
    Jubei Tapia 17 days ago

    Why are most comments assuming that violence is the only way to hold yourself accountable to your goals?

  • So So
    So So 18 days ago

    clearly he didnt read Bible. they didnt get kicked out of eden for eating something but by not obeying God. Nice ted talk though.

  • andriy
    andriy 18 days ago

    Nowadays, people are beset not by lack of opportunities, but by dizzying abundance of it
    We want to develop ourselves in every way possible must taste aspect of life and so on, once live
    All these options make us running from one door to another
    We have an irrational compulsion to keep doors open. It's just the way we are wired.
    # predictable irrational keeping door open

  • B bo
    B bo 21 day ago +1

    He’s not promoting extreme productivity. He’s talking about how people spend a great deal of time and effort working towards something by endlessly thinking they need to prepare more.

  • Chiara
    Chiara 21 day ago

    So the bottomline is find someone who will punch you in the face if you don't do your work?

  • Gibran Escobell
    Gibran Escobell 21 day ago

    This stuff about the contract works like a charm , I have never achieved so much in my life till I learned about this pain/punishment concept.

  • Bad Bud
    Bad Bud 23 days ago

    wtf they don't show the slides

  • Finn juniper Denaro
    Finn juniper Denaro 24 days ago

    Mr Marky boy Adam's says that none of the other self-help actually helps... Yet this one... What he's said to be the solution... I've heard this concept/action plan on other TED talks before!.. And not only that but It's been embedded within and surrounded by a whole host of other useful advice... But oh well, haha =) he gets away with it! His cheeky flare! iza pretty damn entertaining ay ;) (haha plus He looks like Bradley Cooper ;P)

  • Emma Huber’s Quest for Fame

    Don’t mind me, just watching Ted talk videos about procrastination while procrastinating about how I’m going to fix my life and become famous.

  • jack davis
    jack davis 27 days ago

    This guy's problem is he thinks he is self aware but I think he is not. Because I have heard lots of B.S. over the years but this transcends them all. I usually refrain from judging people because there's always something to learn but this is guy is riddled with problems. If he could just talk less and listen more. But it's a TEDTALK.

  • Jumbo Palumbo
    Jumbo Palumbo Month ago

    I make it a point to turn off anyone who says "Moore's Law." THERE IS NO MOORE'S LAW. Anyone who says "Moore's Law" never bothered to listen to what Moore actually said.

  • James O'Banion
    James O'Banion Month ago

    All the talk of dangerous this and dangerous that, Satanism, exorcism, the dark web, cults... seems like he's putting on this rebel face to look cool. Three things I agree with: no amount of information will get you 'there,' living in the present is rad (you can be present while planning for the future, because planning takes place in the present), and the future is an illusion. However, acting out of fear leads to a lot more anxiety, depression, general reluctance, and internal friction while eradicating your intrinstic motivation. If this treatment of yourself were scaled up it would be the equivalent of being a harsh dictator and his victimized subject simultaneously. As Play To Free mentioned, this video encourages one to "fear failing more then the enjoyment right now."

  • Matticulous Mee
    Matticulous Mee Month ago

    Is this guy auditioning for a stand up comedy gig or this is a TED TALK?? WTF? LOL

  • shankers1a2b
    shankers1a2b Month ago

    Horrible speaker. Went round and round without coming to topic. And he has talking of procrastination and all pathetic jokes. Pls don't watch for your good self. AMEN

  • Drew got jokes
    Drew got jokes Month ago +1

    Worst Ted talk I've seen

  • Yaduraj
    Yaduraj Month ago

    8:20 I was watching this talk 3x speed.

  • Michał Adamus
    Michał Adamus Month ago

    Where can I find some informations about this demon? I'm not even pretty sure am I write his name correctly. Thank you. :-)

  • Johnny Car
    Johnny Car Month ago

    He's on the RED DOT!!!

  • mwanakazi
    mwanakazi Month ago

    He clearly hasn't mastered whatever he's talking about because if he'd actually prepared for the talk instead of been out drinking, he could have got to the point a lot sooner and with less slides

  • Drk
    Drk Month ago

    I am literally addicted to watching self help videos all day, and I don't do anything about it to change my life whatsoever

  • modather matin
    modather matin Month ago

    Dude is on water

  • Matan Kribus
    Matan Kribus Month ago

    the answer is n*x^(n-1).

  • emily beth
    emily beth Month ago

    Fools learn through consequence, lovers of wisdom learn through consciousness.

  • Kirill Azarov
    Kirill Azarov Month ago

    Create more fear to fight fear?
    Good luck with your anxiety, Mark.

  • ankit pandey
    ankit pandey Month ago

    Probably the best of ted a real mirror for people who are in search of fake motivation

  • Santiago Novillo
    Santiago Novillo 2 months ago

    He looks kinda like a Bradley Cooper wannabe?

  • sheriffderek
    sheriffderek 2 months ago

    I wish this guy would come punch me for procrastinating. I'm watching this video instead of doing what I need to do.

  • Nathaniel Ramos
    Nathaniel Ramos 2 months ago

    Wanna know what he sounded like drinking last night? Just slow it down to 0.5

  • Hub and Culture shop
    Hub and Culture shop 2 months ago

    Fantastic talk thank you do much !!! You've added the missing link

  • Lysergicidal Maniac
    Lysergicidal Maniac 2 months ago

    No, he's not saying let your friend beat you up for not accomplishing something. He's saying to make VERY present the negative future consequences of failure in your mind so that the work to avoid it seems not as bad. As in, sure going to work early may seem bad, but what's worse is going to work late because you will end up with SH*T consequences. Beautiful.

  • Lysergicidal Maniac
    Lysergicidal Maniac 2 months ago

    Oh my god I thought it was just me and tweakers... lol great

  • IIXandraWickII
    IIXandraWickII 2 months ago

    Is he talking about the commitment contract/happiness experiment? (Boyinaband).

  • Ultraviolet Morgan
    Ultraviolet Morgan 2 months ago

    I'm just here for his accent.

  • denise almaraz
    denise almaraz 2 months ago


  • kamal namdeo
    kamal namdeo 2 months ago

    Do not waste people's time by sharing such a idiotic talk.

  • Surojit Sarkar
    Surojit Sarkar 2 months ago


  • blademasterzero5295
    blademasterzero5295 2 months ago

    6:30 Did anyone else catch how he took off the cap then put it back on again without drinking lol?

  • Maik Lok
    Maik Lok 2 months ago

    Watching this 2x speed

  • Wolfferoni
    Wolfferoni 2 months ago

    I agree with most of what was said except fear of failure can also ruin your life. It might work in the opposite way for you in that you're so afraid of failing that it renders you unable to start in the first place. If that fear is high enough, nothing will make you do work. It can make you apathetic and just hate life in general, find it not worth living so that no consequence is enough to motivate you to do anything.

  • Rory Engelbrecht
    Rory Engelbrecht 2 months ago

    This was great. People only change if they truly, want to. Best to remember: Each day that you don't go get what you want, is another day you'll be without it.

  • Tenzing Sherpa
    Tenzing Sherpa 2 months ago

    Woahhhh he just knowss me

  • Tihomir Shterev
    Tihomir Shterev 2 months ago +1

    I got that the idea of punishment is really motivating. But why not be a healthy one? Like a boring and annoying sport exercise or a kind of volunteer community service?

  • Nicolas Alvarez
    Nicolas Alvarez 2 months ago

    He is on too many drugs!!!

  • Hard Rok
    Hard Rok 2 months ago +1

    This guy is a joke! Sounds like he sold his soul to satan. I couldn't listen anymore.

  • Nicholas Paris
    Nicholas Paris 2 months ago +1

    "and now personal decisions are the leading cause of death"

  • Das Spargel
    Das Spargel 2 months ago +32

    Find someone who punches you in the face if you fail.

  • Nick Morphew
    Nick Morphew 2 months ago

    The comments saved me fifteen minutes. Lesson: to be more productive, read the comments. If a quick scan reveals the video is horshit, listen to them and MOVE ON.

  • faye m
    faye m 2 months ago +1

    I already have anxiety from not accomplishing things and I don’t really know how to befriend fear to make me more productive. It feels like fear just gives me pressure, not the push. Maybe this works for other people, but not to me unfortunately. I also believe in positive reinforcement.

  • theoriginaljean
    theoriginaljean 3 months ago

    Summary; people/you won’t get going with seminars/books. Fear is more efficient.

  • Ninja
    Ninja 3 months ago

    Wrestle with yourself to resonate with the future self you want to be

  • Brenden
    Brenden 3 months ago

    I was so stoke around the half way mark, but he never finished the talk! Dude, come on Mark! You lost me bro!

  • Sakura Kinomoto
    Sakura Kinomoto 3 months ago

    the title made me think this was a criticism of extreme productivity. now that's something I would watch.

  • SquishTheNinja
    SquishTheNinja 3 months ago +8

    Why is this the TOP result when searching for productivity?
    I mean if he is happy with that method and it works for him, that's fine. But I really think it is dangerous, and don't think it should be the first thing to come up.

    People have tried using fear and violence as motivations for centuries, and it can end up pretty badly, especially if the person giving the punishment starts getting a kick out of it or a superiority complex.

    This is like how abusers and abused victims try and rationalise their actions.

    I'm not saying this talk shouldn't exist, because it is still an interesting idea and might help people, but it maybe shouldn't be so easy to find. I think maybe Lock-In method should stay on the dark web.

  • Edamame Beans
    Edamame Beans 3 months ago

    um i dont know what i just learnt, so i should have a consequence involved

  • Karsten Balogh
    Karsten Balogh 3 months ago

    Information is not gonna help, but he's giving us information. Mind = blown.

  • Adog Supreme
    Adog Supreme 3 months ago +1

    The bible talks about this a bit we are flesh and spirit. Basicly 2 parts of you that dont always agree with eachother

  • Frank Abagnale
    Frank Abagnale 3 months ago

    Top notch !!!

  • Carprincess
    Carprincess 3 months ago

    My biggest takeaway with this talk is that you are your worst accountability partner (and you are always screwing yourself over)

  • RoobehTunes
    RoobehTunes 3 months ago +1

    Doesn't that actually massively increase the anxiety of a potential failure? What if some act of god happened af the last minute and you ended up not acheiving the goal? I think I'll stick to dressing up as a baby and getting spanked by my mistress.

  • Pc bx
    Pc bx 3 months ago

    please come to Brasil

  • Anthony lockett
    Anthony lockett 3 months ago

    This is truth

  • Christian Hall
    Christian Hall 3 months ago +3

    "Don't read books"
    "Here's 50 literary references"

  • Erousselina Guy
    Erousselina Guy 3 months ago

    I wish I was like that hangover

  • New Phone
    New Phone 3 months ago +1

    Waste of time. 100% of ppl who delude themselves into thinking this talk wasn't worthless are still out there procrastinating and wasting time- nothing's changed.

  • kizuna95
    kizuna95 3 months ago

    I thought he was going to say, we should meditate into someone else from another dimension. So we could have another perspective about our productivity. Acting like you are someone else sounds not really healthy, so I assumed it could be the reason, Ted x banned the previous talk.
    Tbh I like my idea better.

  • N. E.
    N. E. 3 months ago

    So banal as it seems: Yes, we know what we are supposed to do, and dont need further information. We just have to do it. So the next time you are thinking: Oh, actually I should learn for the test, or just even: I should cleaning the dishes. Just stand up and do it. The more you think about this "I should" without doing it, the more excuses your brain will come up with, not to do it now. So if you're watching Ted Talks on TVclip and you think: All right after this video about procrastination I'll go for what I ever I got to do. The moment you get this thought while you are actually procastinating, just stop the video immediately, stand up and do it. Start with banal things, like really cleaning your room or something, and find yourself enjoying to do stuff and get stuff done once you've just began and let it become a habit. Like you let procastination became a habit as well. It's the addiction of going the path of least resistance.

  • amcarter
    amcarter 3 months ago +2

    I have never disliked a TEDx talk so much. From the moment he starts talking he oozes creepy car salesmen using shock statements and exaggerated movements to pretend he is dynamic. Ugh

    • New Phone
      New Phone 3 months ago +2

      So true!! This sucked.

  • Lekestue
    Lekestue 3 months ago

    betyr også at du bør distribuere din innsats over tid slik at du ikke brenner deg ut eller sliter deg ut, John D Rockefeller arbeidet i et jevn tempo han hustlet ikke.

  • Lekestue
    Lekestue 3 months ago

    distributional issue of justice over time: this means you maximize so much at one moment in time that you completely take from the future yourself: "smoking, drinking, bad habits in general" you take from a person and that person is your future self. This becomes a metaphysical thing almost.

  • Raven Claw
    Raven Claw 3 months ago +1

    DAMN! I can't believe that I am about to say this, but this is the best TED Talk I've ever watched!

  • Lekestue
    Lekestue 3 months ago

    the future self = critical self = taking the future seriously
    the momentary self = maximize the moment = George Best = Great Example

  • Lekestue
    Lekestue 3 months ago

    jetsa - jetsa - jetsa = demonen som ønsker å maksimalisere øyeblikket, Adam og Eva ble kastet ut av hagen påbrunn av et eple
    den demonske fellen maximalisere dagen i dag ignoerer ditt fremtidige selv. Løsningen er kontraktet

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    Lekestue 3 months ago

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    Lekestue 3 months ago

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