Feb 7th: Originals

#Lesson 1: Default?

Lets say there are two people, A and B, who are doing the same job.
However, the way they treat or view their tasks can be different.
A views the task as a default, which means something that is pre-selected. In this way, A will believe that A has no control over the task that he has to do, and he will likely to follow the traditional way to do to task without any doubts. A will not think of the way to change his way of work or improve it. But he will still be able to get the task done. However, B views her task as something that is not a default. She believes that she has a right to choose the way to do her work as long as she is able to get the task done. She can use a different methods to improve her quality of efficiency of work.

“The hallmark of originality is rejecting the default and exploring whether a better option exists.”(Grant, Adam (2016-02-02). Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World (p. 7). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.)

We can start rejecting the default by small things in our lives. You can write nots on your laptop instead of a piece of paper if this helps you learn faster. You can have your own review session on what you have learned so far although you have no upcoming exam. You can also write an essay on what you have learned in class.

When achievement motivation goes sky-high, it can crowd out originality: The more you value achievement, the more you come to dread failure. Instead of aiming for unique accomplishments, the intense desire to succeed leads us to strive for guaranteed success.

Grant, Adam (2016-02-02). Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World (pp. 10-11). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

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