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How Non-Conformists Move the World

I recently finished “ Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World ” by Adam Grant and found it to be quite inspiring. Here are the themes for my biggest takeaways: Don’t accept defaults.  Take the initiative to seek out options that could be better. Strive to achieve security in your life so that you can be free to be original in other areas. Generate many ideas, get feedback on them (especially from peers), and don’t let your personal confirmation bias be a pitfall when evaluating them. When evaluating the ideas of others, before doing so, generate your own ideas immediately before-hand. And my favorite quote (about Seinfeld): “Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld had never written a sitcom, and my department had never developed one,” Ludwin recalls. “We were a good match, because we didn’t know what rules we weren’t supposed to break.”

When learning new things do you have a fixed mindset or growth mindset?

Here is my summary and favorite excerpts from Mindset:The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck . What are the two interpretations of ability?     A fixed ability that needs to be proven     A changeable ability that can be developed through learning How is your mindset impacted by how you perceive your identity? Failure has been transformed from an action (I failed) to an identity (I am a failure). This is especially true in a fixed mindset. When you’re given a positive label, you’re afraid of losing it, and when you’re hit with a negative label, you’re afraid of deserving it. John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach, says you aren’t a failure until you start to blame. What he means is that you can still be in the process of learning from your mistakes until you deny them. How does mindset impact leadership? Fixed-mindset leaders, like fixed-mindset people in general, live in a world where some people are superior and some are inferior. They must repeatedly affirm that they are