The hallmark of originality is rejecting the default and exploring whether a better option exists. The starting point is curiosity: pondering why the default exists in the first place. We’re driven to question defaults when we experience vuja de, the opposite of déjà vu. Déjà vu occurs when we encounter something new, but it feels as if we’ve seen it before. Vuja de is the reverse—we face something familiar, but we see it with a fresh perspective that enables us to gain new insights into old problems.
"Grant has a deserved reputation as an original thinker. This book will add to it. But by championing evidence-based management and nudging leaders towards more scientific ways of answering the culturalquestions that so often trouble them, he is starting to build an even more valuable legacy." - Financial Times
"Grant draws on his own research conducted in tech companies, banks and governments to showcase what leads to success. To be original, he notes, a person cannot simply have a new idea but must also act on that vision." - Scientific American
"Originals is an excellent book and if a positive review makes me appear less intelligent or original for advising others read it, so be it as I gotta be me." - Huffington Post
"The book is punctuated with compelling anecdotes crossing business, entertainment, and science, making for a breezy and entertaining read that’s full of applicable insights, summarized in a handy checklist right at the end." - Tech In Asia
"Part of the fun of Grant’s book is that he redeems behaviors we typically regard with puritan disdain. Procrastination, he argues, has an upside." - The New York Times
Countless people around the world don’t feel confident crafting the lives they hope to lead. They don’t know where they’re headed or how to navigate around the obstacles in their path. They don’t see themselves as innovators, responsible for and capable of inventing their own future. It’s a crime not to
Little Bets is based on the proposition that we can use a lot of little bets and certain creative methods to identify possibilities and build up to great outcomes. At the core of this experimental approach, little bets are concrete actions taken to discover, test, and develop ideas that are achievable
The highly successful people have a kind of ferocious determination that plays out in two ways. First, they are resilient and hard working. Second, they know what they want. They not only have determination, but they also have direction. It's this combination of passion and perseverance that made high achievers special.
If you consider the individuals who will grow up and make a dent in the universe, the first group that probably comes to mind is child prodigies.
Although child prodigies are often rich in both talent and ambition, what holds them back from moving the world forward is that they don’t learn to be original.
The gifted focus their energy on consuming existing scientific knowledge, not producing new insights.
Child prodigies are hindered by achievement motivation. When achievement motivation goes sky-high, it can crowd out originality.
Instead of aiming for unique accomplishments, the intense desire to succeed leads us to strive for guaranteed success.
In every domain, from business and politics to science and art, the people who move the world forward with original ideas are rarely paragons of conviction and commitment.
According to conventional wisdom, highly successful people have three things in common: motivation, ability, and opportunity. Here is a fourth ingredient that’s critical but often neglected: success depends heavily on how we approach our interactions with other people. Every time we interact with another person at work, we have a choice