Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Adam Grant

Why we love it: Psychologist and Character Lab Playbook author Adam Grant upends conventional wisdom about creativity in this bestselling book. For example, the most original idea isn’t always the best one, and you can’t always trust your gut. What you can do is generate more ideas, so you have a better chance of coming up with a good one—and also read this book for more recommendations.

From page 171:
The paradox of encouraging children to develop strong values is that parents effectively limit their own influence. Parents can nurture the impulse to be original, but at some point, people need to find their own role models for originality in their chosen fields…. When [The Daily Show co-creator Lizz] Winstead went public with her rebellious political views, her father quipped, “I screwed up. I raised you to have an opinion, and I forgot to tell you it was supposed to be mine.”