“Adam Grant gives us a powerful new perspective on not just our place in the world, but our potential to shake it up entirely.” —JJ Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and co-creator and executive producer of Lost

Originals is about how to champion new ideas and fight groupthink.

Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can build cultures that welcome dissent.

You’ll learn from…
An entrepreneur who pitches his start-ups by highlighting the reasons not to invest
A woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below
An analyst who overturned the rule of secrecy at the CIA
A billionaire financial wizard who fires employees for failing to criticize him
A TV executive who didn’t even work in comedy but saved Seinfeld from the cutting-room floor

“After launching hundreds of businesses—from airlines to trains, music to mobile, and now a spaceline—my biggest challenges and successes have come from convincing other people to see the world differently. Originals reveals how that can be done and will help you inspire creativity and change.”

Sir Richard Branson

Founder of The Virgin Group

“Reading Originals made me feel like I was seated across 
from Adam Grant at a dinner party, as one of my favorite thinkers thrilled me with his insights and his wonderfully new take on the world.”

Malcolm Gladwell

Author of Outliers and the Tipping Point

“Originals is a fascinating, eye-opening read that will help you not just recognize your own unique gifts, but find the strength to challenge conventional wisdom to bring them to life. Using surprising studies and riveting stories, Adam Grant brilliantly shows us how to champion new ideas, bust persistent myths that hold us back and change not only our lives, but our world.”

Arianna Huffington

Cofounder of The Huffington Post

“Originals is one of the most important and captivating books I have ever read, full of surprising and powerful ideas. It will not only change the way you see the world; it might just change the way you live your life. And it could very well inspire you to change your world.”

Sheryl Sandberg

COO of Facebook and author of Lean In

“It can sometimes seem as if one must learn everything old in order to earn the privilege of doing anything new. Adam Grant does a masterful job showing that is not the case; we are lucky to have him as a guide.”

Peter Thiel

Cofounder of Paypal and Palantir and author of Zero to One

“This extraordinary, wildly entertaining book sheds new light on the Age of Disruption.
What does it take to make a meaningful difference? And how can you
apply this insight to your own life? By debunking myths of success stories, challenging
long-held beliefs of process, and finding commonality among those who
are agents of profound change, Adam Grant gives us a powerful new perspective
on not just our place in the world, but our potential to shake it up entirely.”

J.J. Abrams

Director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and co-creator and executive producer of Lost