Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Our selection:
In his new book, Adam Grant destroys numerous myths about creativity. Backed by a wealth of statistical evidence, he explains that the most creative individuals aren’t necessarily young, are almost never geniuses, procrastinate a lot, doubt everything and endure many failures. Did you know, for example, that back in 1999 Google’s two founders failed to sell their company for their asking price of less than $2 million? That it took Leonardo Da Vinci 16 years to finish the Mona Lisa? That Martin Luther King’s famous phrase “I have a dream” was not in his original script and that he improvised it on stage? That the idea of first-mover advantage can be deceiving, since it tends to be more profitable to improve on established ideas?

Why did we choose this book?
If you liked the book Give and Take, you will love Originals! After his groundbreaking book about altruistic leaders, in his second book Wharton School’s Adam Grant tackles the subject of non-conformists. He offers a fascinating journey into the brain of original thinkers and explains how you can be inspired by them to develop your own creativity –in short, how to become an ‘original’ yourself.

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Adam Grant (Viking, February 2016)