Originals: How non-conformists move the world

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Do you know that the internet browser you use says a great deal about you? Are you the kind of person who sticks with the pre-loaded internet browser or do you go in search of a better, more efficient option? Adam Grant’s book Originals challenges society’s ideas of “normal” and sets the record straight.

Ask yourself what people like Sir Richard Branson, Cheryl Sandberg, Malcolm Gladwell and Peter Thiel have in common? They all had an original idea that people questioned and maybe assumed would be a flop. They have shaped the way we do things and how we think today. They also agree that Adam Grant’s book is a must read.

Peter Thiel,  co-founder of PayPal, had this to say about Originals: “It can sometimes seem as if one must learn everything old in order to earn the privilege of doing anything new. Adam Grant does a masterful job showing that is not the case; we are lucky to have him as a guide.”

Adam Grant is an American psychologist and writer with three books on the New York Times bestseller list. Adam has been dubbed one of this generation’s most compelling and provocative thought leaders as he is continuously addressing the issue of changing the world we live in. His theory is that this can done when one becomes an original. He encourages people to explore those ideas of theirs that go against the grain, battle conformity and buck those outdated traditions.

Adam openly admits that one of his biggest mistakes was not investing in Warby Parker – an online website that sells eyeglasses and frames. He believed it wasn’t a safe investment because the founders weren’t 100% invested into their startup and the night before the launch of the company the website wasn’t fully operational. In hindsight, he realised that they were covering all their bases. Instead of going all in with a risk of losing everything, Neil Blumenthal, Andrew Hunt, David Gilboa and Jeffrey Raider had contingency plans in place.

This relates directly to Adam’s theory of procrastination. He believes that procrastination makes you more creative. Leonardo Da Vinci is a perfect example of why procrastination pays off. He started painting the Mona Lisa in 1503 and abandoned it for sixteen years and only completed it in 1519. Today it is one of the most well-known paintings in the world.

If you have been told all your life that you are a procrastinator and that you just need to get stuck into the task at hand, why not gift those people Originals? I mean, the proof is in the pudding and you can’t argue with greats like Da Vinci and Pablo Picasso. You can find the book on Takealot, Exclusive Books, and Loot.

Watch Adam Grant’s TED Talk here: