Smile Quotes by Adam Grant

When young women   get called bossy, it's often because they're trying to exercise power without   status. It's not a problem that they're being dominant; the backlash arises   because they're overstepping their status.

Originals are   nonconformists, people who not only have new ideas but take action to   champion them. They are people who stand out and speak up. Originals drive   creativity and change in the world. They're the people you want to bet on.

The opposite of an   underminer is a supporter. When colleagues are supportive, they go out of   their way to be givers rather than takers, working to enhance our   productivity, make us look good, share ideas, and provide timely help.

To get important   work done, most leaders organize people into teams. They believe that when   people collaborate toward a common goal, great things can happen. Yet in   reality, the whole is often much less than the sum of the parts.

I'm a   precrastinator. Yes, that's an actual term. You know that panic you feel a   few hours before a big deadline when you haven't done anything yet? I just   feel that a few months ahead of time.


As more women   'lean in' and we collectively continue to fight sexism, there's another   barrier to progress that hasn't been addressed: Many men who would like to   see more women leaders are afraid to speak up about it.

Takers believe in   a zero-sum world, and they end up creating one where bosses, colleagues and   clients don't trust them. Givers build deeper and broader relationships -   people are rooting for them instead of gunning for them.


Meditation isn't   snake oil. For some people, meditation might be the most efficient way to   reduce stress and cultivate mindfulness. But it isn't a panacea. If you don't   meditate, there's no need to stress out about it.

The more important   argument against grade curves is that they create an atmosphere that's toxic   by pitting students against one another. At best, it creates a   hypercompetitive culture, and at worst, it sends students the message that   the world is a zero-sum game: Your success means my failure.