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Organizational psychologist Adam Grant believes that “originals,” the unconventional thinkers who drive radical change, don’t behave as you would expect. In fact, he’s isolated three startling traits that originals share: They procrastinate, they experience self-doubt and fear, and they have lots of bad ideas. getAbstract praises Grant’s unconventional view on how these seemingly negative tendencies spur innovation.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What three habits original thinkers share,
  • Why moderate procrastinators are most creative,
  • Why “idea doubt” can drive original thinkers to improve their concepts, and
  • How failure and bad ideas can lead to success.

About the Speaker

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant, a Wharton professor, is the author of Originals and Give and Take.



When a student and his three friends asked Wharton professor Adam Grant to invest in their start-up, he passed. The entrepreneurs didn’t fit his image of true innovators: They were slow to get rolling, their website didn’t work the day before the scheduled launch, and they had jobs lined up in case ...

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    Joseph Wright 1 year ago
    Very interesting!
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    Rajesh Venkiteswaran 1 year ago
    Insightful. The idea of originals as procastinators is counter intuitive.

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