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Can being weird make you rich and happy?: Daniel Crosby at TEDxBYU

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Published on Apr 29, 2014

Behavioral finance expert and psychologist Dr. Daniel Crosby tells us why he feels a worldview of principled non-conformity can lead to the two things people search after most earnestly: wealth and happiness. Drawing from examples as diverse as hedge fund managers, baseball managers and tech entrepreneurs, Crosby sets forth his idea that "the world needs your weird." By advocating for a life of rules-based contrarianism, educated risk-taking and learning to find hidden value in self and others, he sets forth a roadmap for how our personal quirks can save us rather than be our undoing. Beginning with an anecdote about a strange clown and ending with a poem from his children's book, "Everyone You Love Will Die," this talk is certain to educate and amuse.

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