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Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World Hardcover – February 2, 2016
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Praise for Originals:
“This extraordinary, wildly entertaining book sheds new light on the Age of Disruption. What does it take to make a meaningful difference? And how can you apply this insight to your own life? By debunking myths of success stories, challenging long-held beliefs of process, and finding commonality among those who are agents of profound change, Adam Grant gives us a powerful new perspective on not just our place in the world, but our potential to shake it up entirely.”
—JJ Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, co-creator and executive producer of Lost, and cofounder of Bad Robot
“After launching hundreds of businesses—from airlines to trains, music to mobile, and now a spaceline—my biggest challenges and successes have come from convincing other people to see the world differently. Originals reveals how that can be done and will help you inspire creativity and change.”
—Sir Richard Branson, founder of The Virgin Group
“Originals is a fascinating, eye-opening read that will help you not just recognize your own unique gifts, but find the strength to challenge conventional wisdom to bring them to life. Using surprising studies and riveting stories, Adam Grant brilliantly shows us how to champion new ideas, bust persistent myths that hold us back and change not only our lives, but our world.”
—Arianna Huffington, cofounder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, and author of Thrive
“It can sometimes seem as if one must learn everything old before one can try anything new. Adam Grant does a masterful job showing that is not the case; we are lucky to have him as a guide.”
—Peter Thiel, cofounder of PayPal and Palantir, and author of Zero to One
“An urgent must read, a seminal work that will surprise you on every single page. Adam Grant has reset our expectations for what it means to be creative and what's required to make a difference. Share it with someone you care about.”
—Seth Godin, author of Linchpin
Praise for Give and Take
“As brilliant as it is wise, this is not just a book—it’s a new and shining worldview. Adam Grant is one of the great social scientists of our time, and Give and Take is brimming with life-changing insights.”
—Susan Cain, author of Quiet
“Give and Take is a truly exhilarating book—the rare work that will shatter your assumptions about how the world works and keep your brain firing for weeks after you’ve turned the last page.”
—Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell Is Human
“I love Give and Take, which shows that givers get ahead and nice guys don’t finish last.”
—Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive and president of the Huffington Post Media Group
“Now shaking up the business world: science that may change the way the world does business.”
—Willie Geist, Today show
“Adam Grant’s Give and Take is an excellent book. Hard work, luck, and talent are important, but giving makes the difference.”
—Alex Stubb, prime minister of Finland
“Give and Take is like a fundamental outline as to how to be successful. . . . Highly recommended read.”
—Ashton Kutcher, actor, director, and technology investor
“Give and Take is a very interesting book. . . . I can’t put it down.”
—Ryan Seacrest, host of American Idol
“Give and Take just might be the most important book of this young century. As insightful and entertaining as Malcolm Gladwell at his best, this book has profound implications for how we manage our careers, deal with our friends and relatives, raise our children, and design our institutions. This gem is a joy to read, and it shatters the myth that greed is the path to success.”
—Robert Sutton, author of The No *sshole Rule and Good Boss, Bad Boss
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Top Customer Reviews
“Originals" is an entertaining social-science book on how we can become more original. Referencing research and many studies, best-selling author Adam Grant explores what it takes to be creative and champion new ideas. This enlightening 335-page book includes the following eight chapters: 1. Creative Destruction, 2. Blind Inventors and One-Eyed Investors, 3. Out on a Limb, 4. Fools Rush In, 5. Goldilocks and the Trojan Horse, 6. Rebel with a Cause, 7. Rethinking Groupthink, and 8. Rocking the Boat and Keeping It Steady.
1. A well-researched, well-written book. It’s entertaining and fun to read.
2. Interesting topic, the social science of originality.
3. Very good format. Each chapter beings with a chapter-appropriate quote and it’s broken out by subtopics. Grant also does a good job of introducing the main goal for each chapter.
4. Does a good job of defining originality and staying on topic. “By my definition, originality involves introducing and advancing an idea that’s relatively unusual within a particular domain, and that has the potential to improve it.”
5. In many respects this narrative resembles books from the likes of Malcolm Gladwell and Daniel H. Pink and that’s not a bad thing.
6. The faults in defaults. “To get Firefox or Chrome, you have to demonstrate some resourcefulness and download a different browser. Instead of accepting the default, you take a bit of initiative to seek out an option that might be better. And that act of initiative, however tiny, is a window into what you do at work.” “The hallmark of originality is rejecting the default and exploring whether a better option exists.”
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For example, Grant makes the case for the upside of procrastination. Did you know that Leonardo da Vinci didn't get his big break till his mid-40s and was a world-class procrastinator, tinkering with the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper for over 15 years? Or that Martin Luther King Jr didn't write his "I have a dream" speech until the night before, and then winged its most memorable parts?
All these stories make the business of originality not the domain of the chosen, but something more human and approachable. Steve Wozniak had to be pried away from his job at HP with a crowbar to co-found Apple. Larry Page and Sergey Brin head the highest-valued company in the world because they failed at selling Google for $2M early on. These were not prescient demigods but people who made good and bad decisions just like us.
Grant is a master at telling these stories of Promethean feats, sound judgment and serendipity, extracting from them the essence that we can apply to our own lives. One example: when starting a new venture, hedging your bets with a real job actually works better than dropping everything and going full cowboy.Read more ›
"Originals" is full of counter-intuitive ideas from the conventional wisdom as well as re-packaging some conventional wisdom. Some key points that resonated for me were:
- For U.S. Presidents, the least effective leaders were those who followed the will of the people and the precedents set by their predecessors; the greatest were those who challenged the status quo and brought about sweeping changes that improved the lot of the country
- When pitching a new, novel idea, it is more effective to accentuate the flaws in your idea; it disarms and lets people know you’re not a brainless advocate
- Our best allies on original ideas can be the ones who started out against us and then came around to our side
- It is hard to change other people’s ideals; it is much easier to link our agendas to familiar values that people already hold
- It is best to vet ideas with a group and get dissenting opinions and talking them through before launching a big effort; dissenting opinions are useful even when they’re wrong
Rather than using examples in the book, I thought of my own examples to either support or poke holes in the findings. For instance, on the presidents, as I thought through history, I agree that those following the opinion poll may have been popular, but didn't introduce sweeping improvements.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Adam’s engaging style of writing, his choice of examples/ case studies across disciplines (Science, Gender Studies, Civil Rights to name some) and counter-intuitive insights make... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Anuradha Sridhar
Because my expectations were quite high it didn't impress me as much as I thought it would. Still good though.Published 2 days ago by em
The book has good research. But Adam is not creative himself and is lubed into the echo chamber of being a Professor @ Wharton @ 34 - full on sheep mode. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Brian Perez
Great start that seemed to fade by the end. But still a good read!Published 6 days ago by Carrie Lou Beare
It's hard to miss Grant these days, and since I have enjoyed his TV appearances (CNBC) and short-form writing (Medium), I thought I would give Originals a spin. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Jim L
Originals offers inspiring examples of people who innovated to create a better world from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Jackie Robinson, Steve Jobs and many more. Read morePublished 11 days ago by @joemcfddn
Excellent book, very interesting and written with fascinating examples, doesn't repeat itself like most of such books doPublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer