Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist, and professor at Wharton.

He has been recognized as Wharton’s top-rated teacher for five straight years, and as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers and Fortune‘s 40 under 40.

As an organizational psychologist, he studies how we can find motivation and meaning, and lead more generous and creative lives.

In this book, Adam Grant digs into the psychological traits and behaviors of people who are originals.

It is a book about psychological behaviors of non-conformists, people who don’t fit in but stand out.

It seeks to define what it means to be an “original” and how a sense of originality has manifested itself within some of the most successful people in the world.

Grant has studied a lot of successful and original people and shares his findings in this book. I loved the storytelling in this book.

It brings fresh research, counter-intuitive insights, lively writing, practical calls to action.

In this book Grant looks at the following chapters:

  • Creative Destruction: The risky business of going against the grain
  • Blind Inventors and one-eyed investors: The art and science of recognising original ideas;
  • Out on a limb: speaking truth to power;
  • Fools rush in: Timing, strategic procrastination, and the first-mover disadvantage;
  • Goldilocks and the Trojan Horse: Creating and maintaining coalitions.

Grant’s optimism about the potential of human beings to improve themselves and their organisations is refreshing, and his willingness to challenge and test the status quo instructive.



If you are into innovation, art, creativity, inventing things. This book is for you. I enjoyed this book tremendously.

I found myself writing notes on the book. Scribbling things like “interesting” on certain paragraphs, writing “Potent” next to amazing thoughts. I highlighted a lot of sentences.

I’m going to have to re-read this book. It is jam packed with original ideas in one, it is not comprehensible to sink all the information at one go.

Readers will find Originals to be a call to action, propelling them toward taking the road less traveled in hopes of conquering their domains and accomplishing just what the title suggests, moving the world forward.

Do I recommend this book? If you are a non-comforist, someone who doesn’t like rules, yes please get this book.

After all it is better to make rules than to follow them.

Quotes that stood out for me

  • “The least favorite students were the non-conformists who made up their own rules. Teachers tend to discriminate against highly creative students, labeling them as troublemakers.”

  • “At its core, comedy is an act of rebellion. Evidence shows that compared to the norms in the population, comedians tend to be more original and rebellious—and the higher they score on these dimensions, the more professional success they attain.”
  • “Being original doesn’t require being first. It just means being different and better.”

  • “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw”
  • “To become original, you have to try something new, which means accepting some measure of risk.”
  • “Procrastination may be the enemy of productivity, but it can be a resource for creativity.”
  • “Practice makes perfect, but it doesn’t make new.”

  • “The greatest shapers don’t stop at introducing originality into the world. They create cultures that unleash originality in others.”
  • “People who suffer the most from a given state of affairs are paradoxically the least likely to question, challenge, reject, or change it.”
  • “When our commitment is wavering, the best way to stay on track is to consider the progress we’ve already made. As we recognize what we’ve invested and attained, it seems like a waste to give up, and our confidence and commitment surge.”




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