My review of Adam Grant’s new book – Originals

First time i got to listen to Adam Grant was on YouTube channel TED, where he was talking about originals and how are they different from rest of the world. I loved the 15 minute speech, and wanted more, so when i found out he had whole book written around this topic, i jumped on opportunity without thinking twice. And i still don’t regret it, because i think it’s the best book written on this topic, ever. I’ve read many self-help books, many of them were complete garbage, but i didn’t realize that at the time. Writers clearly had no idea what they were talking about, and based their books on famous cliches about Entrepreneurs. On the other hand, everything in Adam’s book is focused on truth, data and research. It was not only fascinating, but also entertaining to read, because for a book that is supposed to be highly intelligent individuals, it touches everyday issues and explains reasons behind some of them. But if you’re not interested in psychology, and have interesting hobby like me, check out the electric ice auger review by my favorite writer.

One of my favorite parts in the book is when he talks about how procrastination can help a person become more creative. The concept is more complex than it sounds like, and you should read the book to fully understand it, but long story short, when you have a task or problem that you have to solve, and keep it in back of your mind while procrastinating, you come up with most novel ideas, at least that’s what research shows. He also mentions MLK, who completely improvised the “i have a dream” speech right before the night he had to go on stage to speak. It really affected my stance on procrastination. I guess i was pleasant to hear that something good comes from it, since i procrastinate so much and often blame myself for it.

 In the rest of the book, he talks about other original people, their lives, and most importantly, how to inspire originality in other people and especially our kids. He makes really valid point with giving children compliments based on their personality, not their actions. He also describes two different companies, one of which curbed the originality and didn’t approve negative feedback from their employees, and the other who encouraged feedback and original thoughts, and how it worked out for each one of them.

 Honestly, whether you are just interested in this type of people or you want to be one yourself, you should read this book. It’s unlike any other self-help books out there and you’ll not regret it.