17 Oct Originals – Adam Grant
We like to read at ets pr, we read a lot – books, newspapers, magazines, blogs – you name it. It opens up your mind, makes you think more broadly, feeds your creative process – it’s helpful for so many reasons.
Once in a while there’s a book that comes along that makes you sit up, makes you actually want to read it and creates a feeling of inspiration. A recent book that did this for us was Adam Grant’s Originals. We can’t remember where we heard about the book – a review, an Amazon recommendation or from hearing about the TED talks, but we heard about it and bought it.
Adam is an American academic, a PH.D and has a mass of amazing accomplishments. His 2016 TED talk on original thinking was given a standing ovation. He’s pretty impressive.
He has an equally impressive contact book and CV in terms of who he has worked for and with. The book opens with a foreword from his friend and work colleague Sheryl Sandberg, you know the CEO of Facebook. One quote from this foreword where she writes about friendship really struck a cord with us:
‘In the deepest sense of the word, a friend is someone who sees more potential in you than you in yourself, someone who helps you become the best version of yourself.’
The book looks at originals in lots of different ways from people who are considered originals, how to operate as an original and it even looks at birth order and how this affects an individual’s ability to become an original – NOTE: we loved that part! It looks at business, politics, sport, entertainment – you name it, it looks at a lot.
If you want a good, non-fiction read to make you sit up, think and challenge your thought process – please read this. It will be time well spent.
We’ll leave you with this final quote from the book:
‘Originals embrace the uphill battle, striving to make the world a place that it could be. Becoming original is not the easiest path in the pursuit of happiness – but it leaves us perfectly poised for the happiness of the pursuit.’