Counterintuitive Lessons on Non-Conformity with Adam Grant

Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York times writer on work and psychology joins us share counterintuitive lessons on non-conformity from his new book, Originals


  • Getting comfortable with ideas that people may not agree with

  • Paying attention to the moments that mesmerize us

  • Developing confidence in yourself as a learner

  • Breaking conformist behavioral patterns in the education system

  • System justification theory and how it impacts our decisions

  • Instructor driven vs student lead learning

  • A key to overcoming the fear of failure


I think people have the relationship with confidence and success backwards. Confidence is won through success.

I almost think at this point conformity is the new originality

We’ve known for decades that the best way to learn something is to teach it

Quantity is the best path to originality


Originals: How Nonconformists Move the World

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success



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Adam Grant is Wharton’s top-rated professor and a New York Times writer on work and psychology. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers, HR’s most influential international thinkers, the world’s 40 best business professors under 40, and Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite thinkers. Previously, he was a record-setting advertising director, a junior Olympic springboard diver, and a professional magician.

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