Originals by Adam Grant: My Highlights

In addition to the popular highlights that came pre-loaded in my book, I made PLENTY of my own. This book has so many nuggets of GOLD in it that I couldn’t resist-and also, in order to be original, we have to find new things that SPEAK to us as an INDIVIDUAL, right!? We can’t just like the same things everyone else likes (or in this case, highlight the same lines every other reader highlights). Here are my highlights from Originals by Adam Grant:

“Many of their limits, they came to realize, were of their own making” (25).

“Intuitions are only trustworthy when people build up experience making judgments in a predictable environment” (53).

“In a rapidly changing world, the lessons of experience can easily point us in the wrong direction” (53).

“Passionate people don’t wear their passion on their sleeves; they have it in their hearts” (55).

“It’s never the idea; it’s always the execution” (56).

“…being forthright about faults alters how audiences evaluate” (71).

“Only when you believe your actions matter and care deeply will you consider speaking up” (80).

“The best we can do is voice our opinions and secure our risk portfolios, preparing for exit if necessary” (90).

“In work and in life, we are constantly taught that acting early is the key to success, because he who hesitates is lost “(93).

“Being original doesn’t require being first. It just means being different and better” (105).

“Conceptual innovators formulate a big idea and set out to execute it. Experimental innovators solve problems through trial and error, learning and evolving as they go along. They are at work on a particular problem, but they don’t have a specific solution in mind at the outset. Instead of planning in advance, they figure it out as they go” (109).

“When I begin a poem I don’t know–I don’t want a poem that I can tell was written toward a good ending…You’ve got to be the happy discoverer of your ends” (Robert Frost, 112).

“Good things come to those who wait” (113).

“Simon Sinek argues that if we want to inspire people, we should start with why” (124).

“Shifting the focus from why to how can help people become less radical” (125).

“He said it didn’t take guts to follow the crowd, that courage and intelligence lay in being willing to be different” (167).

“When our character is praised, we internalize it as part of our identities. Instead of seeing ourselves as engaging in isolated moral acts, we start to develop a more unified self-concept as a moral person” (168).

“When we shirt our emphasis from behavior to character, people evaluate choices differently. Instead of asking whether this behavior will achieve the results they want, they take action because it is the right thing to do.” (170).

“Instead of causing us to rebel because traditional avenues are closed, the protagonists in our favorite stories may inspire originality by opening our minds to unconventional paths” (174).

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it…The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear” (Nelson Mandela, 210).

“Fear forces you to prepare more rigorously and see potential problems more quickly” (214).

“To overcome fear, why does getting excited work better than trying to calm yourself down?” (216).

“Rather than trying to suppress a strong emotion, it’s easier to convert it into a different emotion–one that’s equally intense, but propels us to step on the gas” (216).

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” (Franklin D. Roosevelt, 235).

“When our commitment is wavering, the best way to stay on track is to consider the progress we’ve already made” (235).

“Becoming original is not the easiest path in the pursuit of happiness, but it leaves us perfectly poised for the happiness of pursuit” (243).

I hope you enjoyed this post with my highlights from Originals by Adam Grant. Consider reading this book on your happy and healthy adventure so you can make it as awesomely original as possible. 🙂 ❤


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