Annotated Inspiration: Originals, Chapters 2 & 3

Morning, loves. Last week I was unable to post my piece on the 2nd and 3rd chapters of Originals so I’m going to share it with you today – chapters 4 & 5 will be discussed on October 5th. On a related note, I hope you’ll consider joining in our reading challenge to take on Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch in November and December. All you have to do is join the Goodreads group here! On Friday I’ll be posting a fun bookish post for the weekend as well. Happy Hump Day!

Annotated Inspiration: Adam Grant's Originals, Chapters 2 & 3

Adam Grant’s book is proving to be a really fascinating read so I don’t want to give too much away in these posts. While I'm writing about everything, believe me there's SO much that doesn't get covered in the editorials so you don't want to skip out on the book itself. 

I’ve been both reading the book physically as well as listening to it on audible on days when I just don’t have a lot of time (though to be honest, I’m not a giant fan of the voice in the recording which comes off as almost robotic…). Chapter 2 was very interesting for me as Grant covers how we decide which new ideas are great ones compared to those which ultimately fail. He discusses false positives, and false negatives, explaining who is more likely to be the best judge of novel ideas. He also alludes to one of my favorite concepts in creativity: the greater your body of work, the higher chance of success you will have. It’s not about waiting for the singular brilliant idea to appear for you but to work through the much – write just for the sake of writing, keep creating whatever you need to and in time you will become better and have a better opportunity to create something truly original and brilliant. You have to slug through the work and show up every day, keeping faith that your Creativity knows what it’s doing.

In Chapter 3, Grant writes about the issues of undercommunicating an idea along with what to do when you know you have a good idea but no one else is buying it. He covers how to speak up and fight for your idea, but also how to recognize when it’s not the appropriate time. He explains why you have to gain a little respect and street cred to be taken seriously sometimes and why pointing out the places where your idea falls short can actually help you on the path to success. Grant even looks at what our motivations are behind the different ways we can respond to the challenge of someone telling us that an idea is a no-go! It’s amazing to really understand what your options are and how they may or may not help you reach your ultimate goal. At the end of the day we find out that it’s not about censoring yourself to make others happy but the best ways in which to speak up and champion your ideas so that others will come to agree.

I enjoyed learning about how to overcome some of the obstacles I’m currently facing in business and getting a dose of motivation. I’m doing the right thing, it’s just a hard path sometimes though always worth the effort. Fight and work for your passion – it won’t let you down.