- A 10-year career plan is a mistake. A fixed plan can close your mind to new possibilities. You don’t know how the world is going to change. You also don’t know how you’re going to change. You can dream 10 years ahead, but it’s best to limit your plan to a year or two ahead. Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist
- It’s impossible to please everyone. The question is whether you’re disappointing the right people. Part of setting healthy boundaries is deciding who you’re willing to let down – and who had the right to make you feel guilty. Not everyone deserves power over your emotions. Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist
- Being a workaholic isn’t the key to productivity. It’s a recipe for languishing. Having fun isn’t an enemy of efficiency. It’s fuel for finding flow. Play isn’t a reward for finally making it through your to-do list. Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist
- If two people always agree, it’s a sign that at least one of them isn’t thinking critically – or speaking candidly. Differences of opinion don’t have to be threats. They can be opportunities to learn. Intellectual friction isn’t a relationship bug. It’s a feature of education. Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist
- It takes curiosity to learn. It takes courage to unlearn. Learning requires the humility to admit what you don’t know today. Unlearning requires the integrity to admit that you were wrong yesterday. Learning is how you evolve. Unlearning is how you keep up as the world evolves. Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist
- “I’m just being honest” is a poor excuse for being rude. Candor is being forthcoming in what you say. Respect is being considerate in how you say it. Being direct with the content of your feedback doesn’t prevent you from being thoughtful about the best way to deliver it. Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist
- Before taking a job offer, it’s worth asking: do I want to become more like the people here? Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist
- You can aspire to change the culture of a group, but don’t overlook how the culture will change you. Few of us are immune to the values of the people around us. Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist
- Don’t confuse experience with expertise. Having faced a problem doesn’t guarantee that you’ve mastered the solution. Don’t mistake expertise for wisdom. Having deep knowledge doesn’t guarantee that you know when it applies. Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist
- When people go out of their way to help you, you don’t have to say “I owe you one.” Generosity is not a loan to repay or a debt to settle. It’s a gift to appreciate. You reciprocate a favor by paying it back. You honor an act of kindness by paying it forward. Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist
- If you judge your worth by your achievements, you feel worthless whenever you fall short of a goal. Stable self-confidence comes from learning to separate your performance from your self-esteem. Excellence is a reflection of effort, skill, and luck – not your value as a person. Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist
- Meaning is about making a difference, not having an audience. It’s better to be valued by a few than to be known by many. Your contribution is not the scope of your reach. It’s the depth of your impact. Your legacy is not how many footprints you leave. It’s how long they last. Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist
- When we seek advice, we rarely want to be told which option to choose. We’re usually seeking guidance on how to approach the decision. The best advice doesn’t specify what to do. It highlights blind spots in our thinking and helps us clarify our priorities. Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist
- The Great Resignation isn’t a mad dash away from the office. It’s the culmination of a long march toward freedom. Flexibility is more than choosing the place where you work. It’s having freedom to decide your purpose, your people, and your priorities. Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist
- Don’t confuse being a fast talker with being a deep thinker. Speaking quickly signals confidence, not complexity. Don’t mistake volume for expertise. Speaking loudly reflects conviction, not credibility. Sometimes the best ideas come from the least assertive voice in the room. Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist
- For generations, we’ve organized our lives around our work. Our jobs have dictated where we make our homes, when we see our families, and what we can squeeze into our downtime. What if we reserved that, and started planning our work around our lives? Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist
- Seeking advice doesn’t signal insecurity. It demonstrates that you care more about your learning than your ego. Asking for help doesn’t display weakness. It builds strength. Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist
- You don’t have to agree with everything I think. I don’t even agree with everything I think. Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist
- Why do we ask kids what they want to be when they grow up? It encourages them to define themselves in terms of work. It also perpetuates the myth that you can only have one career. We can serve them better by asking what they want to do – and what kind of person they hope to be. Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist
Which one resonated most with you today?
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