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Adam Grant
Organizational psychologist . Books: GIVE AND TAKE, ORIGINALS, OPTION B. Podcast: WorkLife . Diver. Success is helping others succeed.
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Adam Grant 11h
Surprising: initiating conversations with strangers makes commutes more pleasant for introverts, not just extraverts. Unanswered: is it only true if you're the one initiating the conversation? ~Introvert who prefers to work in silence while commuting
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Adam Grant Jun 22
Self-care is a valuable skill. Community care is a vital system. Instead of relying on a single source of support, form a network of givers. Lone helpers get overloaded quickly. Groups of helpers have each other's backs. :
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Adam Grant Jun 21
Don’t confuse stress with burnout. Feeling overwhelmed sometimes is normal—it signals responsible engagement in meaningful work. Burnout is persistent, impairing emotional exhaustion. It stems from too many demands—and too little control and support.
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Adam Grant Jun 20
Over time, your accomplishments hinge less on your innate intelligence and more on your earned wisdom. Invest in the next generation. Share the knowledge and skills you've gained. Be an instructor, not just an innovator. :
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Adam Grant Jun 19
Worry less about what's "on brand" and more about what's in character. Your reputation should be a side effect of your values, not a direct target of your actions. Image is a byproduct, not a goal.
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Adam Grant Jun 18
We need to remove the stigma and improve the pay and quality of part-time jobs. 64% of part-time workers prefer it that way, and 20% of full-time would rather be part-time. Your worth is not determined by the number of hours you work. :
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Adam Grant Jun 17
The ideal response to failure isn't dogged persistence. It's having the discipline to analyze your mistakes and the willpower to fix them. Success is going from failure to failure without failing to learn. Learning is refusing to fail the same way twice.
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Adam Grant Jun 16
Be proud of your kids for what they achieve. Be prouder of them for what they contribute. A core lesson for parents to teach: the joy of cultivating a skill lies not in hoarding it, but in sharing it. Happy
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Adam Grant Jun 15
The evidence against the death penalty: (1) Injustice: it condemns innocent people. ~100 innocent Americans are currently on death row (2) Cost: it’s more expensive than life in prison (3) Deterrence: it's not effective in preventing crime :
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Adam Grant Jun 14
For every person who succeeds, there are many equally talented and driven who never got a break. Remembering that makes us more generous: after reflecting on times they were lucky, people were 25% more likely to donate to charity. :
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Adam Grant Jun 13
Creativity depends on a combination of patience and impatience. You need the impatience to dive into a problem today and the patience to wait for better solutions tomorrow.
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Adam Grant Jun 12
Reflection becomes rumination when you're no longer learning. If you find yourself reviewing old mistakes without gaining new insights, stop reflecting on the past and start experimenting in the present. New experiences lay the foundation of future reflection.
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Adam Grant Jun 11
Feedback doesn't have to be objective to be helpful. People can't improve if they don't know how their actions affect others. Constructive feedback describes: (1) The situation (2) The behavior (3) The impact it had on you or others :
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Adam Grant Jun 10
Stupidity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Naivete is doing a different thing and expecting the same result. Changing habits is hard. Sometimes you can't progress unless you're willing to regress. One step back, two steps forward.
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Adam Grant Jun 9
Weak leaders make excuses for violating principles: "I know this is wrong, but I have no choice." Strong leaders refuse to compromise on values. They recognize that they have the power to create choices—and they take responsibility for making them.
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Adam Grant Jun 8
You can have good judgment without being judgmental. If you’re quick to reject people and ideas, you miss out on diamonds on the rough. The goal is to be discerning, not dismissive. Look for the potential in people and ideas.
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Adam Grant Jun 7
When bullies hurl insults, teach kids to take the wind out of their sails: "It’s a free country. It’s ok if you don’t want to play with me" “If I’m not invited, I won’t come. I hope you have a great party” (May apply to adult bullies too)
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Adam Grant Jun 6
Selfish leaders put themselves first, and leave relationships at risk. Selfless leaders put others first, and leave results at risk. Servant leaders put the mission first, and leave the world better than they found it.
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Adam Grant Jun 5
Elite athletes and musicians rarely specialize early. They go through a "sampling period" where they develop a range of skills and interests. For performance and creativity, start broad, then go deep, and go broad again. :
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Adam Grant Jun 4
Productivity doesn't come from wanting to be the kind of person who gets things done. It comes from wanting to get things done—which comes from working on projects that you find interesting and meaningful. :
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