We hear about successful nonconformists - people who buck the trend and enjoy great acclaim in wide-ranging fields - and we assume certain things about them. They're geniuses. Born leaders. They're self-assured and embrace risk. In short, they are something other than the rest of us.
In Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Grant-the bestselling author of Give and Take-debunks these assumptions. Grant has found that trailblazers share some counterintuitive characteristics. They tend to be expert procrastinators; are often late bloomers and late adopters; usually have only moderate expertise in their given field but a wide range of outside interests; and are actually more cautious than their colleagues. They are as self-doubting as the rest of us, but they've learned how to move forward in the face of their fears.
True champions of change often look a lot different up close than their reputations suggest, and they're often made, not born. With Originals, Grant challenges the idea that to be groundbreaking, one must move fast and take enormous risks. Grant proves that true originals are driven by the awareness that failing yields less regret than failing to try.
In conversation with Dan Pink, the bestselling author of A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human.
Grant is Wharton's top-rated teacher. He has been recognized as one of the world's 40 best business professors under 40. He is the author of Give and Take and Originals.
Daniel Pink is the author of four best-selling books on the changing world of work. His most recent is Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, which draws on behavioral research to challenge conventional thinking on how companies can get the best out of their employees. Others include A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need, and Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself. A free agent himself, Pink held his last real job in the White House, where he served from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore. He also worked as an aide to Labor Secretary Robert Reich. Pink is a contributing editor of Wired.