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.”






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