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Originals: How To Spot One, How To Be One

Adam Grant is a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the author of <em>Originals</em>.
Adam Grant is a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the author of <em>Originals</em>.

Consider this: Frank Lloyd Wright was a procrastinator. Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are afraid of taking risks. Most of Beethoven's compositions are pretty awful. Conventional wisdom suggests these originals were successful despitetheir hemming and hawing, their hedging, and their many flops. But Wharton professor Adam Grant says these defects are actually fundamental to originality. In his new book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Adam investigates who comes up with great ideas, how, and what we can do to have more of them. This week, we bring you our conversation with him.

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