Hidden Potential offers a new framework for raising aspirations and exceeding expectations. Adam Grant weaves together groundbreaking evidence, surprising insights, and vivid storytelling that takes us from the classroom to the boardroom, the playground to the Olympics, and underground to outer space. He shows that progress depends less on how hard you work than how well you learn. Growth is not about the genius you possess- it's about the character you develop. Grant explores how to build character skills and motivational structures to realize our potential, and how to design systems that create opportunities for those who have been underrated and overlooked.
“This brilliant book will shatter your assumptions about what it takes to improve and succeed. I wish I could go back in time and gift it to my younger self. It would’ve helped me find a more joyful path to progress.”
“I readHidden Potentialin one sitting, loved it, and have been thinking about it ever since. Which is the highest praise I can give a book. This is Adam Grant's finest work—it will inspire you to bigger dreams.”
“This is a book that should be read by parents, leaders, coaches, and every school board member in America.Adam Grant reveals that everything you think about developing potential is wrong.”
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