Originals by Adam Grant: Popular Highlights

Last week I finished Originals by Adam Grant, and it was a wonderful book! Grant talks about putting your “crazy” ideas out into the world because you never know what can come from it unless you try. He also talks about timing of sharing ideas and collaboration, along with a host of other things related to originality. Here are the popular highlights (lines from the ebook that many readers have highlighted or taken note of):

“In the deepest sense of the word, a friend is someone who sees more potential in you than you see in yourself, someone who helps you become the best version of yourself” (Sheryl Sandberg, xii).

“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” (5).

“The hallmark of originality is rejecting the default and exploring whether a better option exists” (7).

“When we become curious about the dissatisfying defaults in our world, we begin to recognize that most of them have social origins: Rules and systems were created by people. And that awareness gives us the courage to contemplate how we can change them” (8).

“I want to debunk the myth that originality requires extreme risk taking and persuade you that originals are actually far more ordinary than we realize” (16).

“Entrepreneurs who kept their day jobs had 33 percent lower odds of failure than those who quit” (17).

“Having a sense of security in one realm gives us the freedom to be original in another” (19).

“As we gain knowledge about a domain, we become prisoners of our prototypes” (41).

“A fourth advantage of this approach is that it leaves audiences with a more favorable assessment of the idea itself, due to a bias in how we process information” (about leading with weaknesses, 73).

“Procrastination may be the enemy of productivity, but it can be a resource for creativity” (95).

I hope you enjoyed this post with popular quotes from Originals by Adam Grant and will read my other post on this book with my own highlights! Also, I would definitely pick up this book to read on your happy and healthy adventure so you can make it as original as you are. 🙂 ❤


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