The Book in Three Sentences: Sheryl describes the pain she went through with the loss of her spouse and the tactics, tools, and helpful tips that helped her begin to overcome the tragedy. She emphasized the importance of realizing these tragic events aren’t permanent (i.e. you will feel happiness again), personal (i.e. it’s not your fault), or pervasive (i.e. there are good things happening in your life). For helping kids deal with tragedy, Sheryl highlighted four core beliefs that are important to instill in young people: 1) they have some control over their lives; 2) they can learn from failure; 3) they matter as human beings; and 4) they have real strengths to rely on and share.
In Originals, author Adam Grant describes the character traits of original thinkers and common threads that led to successful ideas/movements. He draws from women’s suffrage leaders, activists, and inventors to piece together a narrative of what it means to be original. He lays out specific suggestions for how you can encourage more originality in your work and how to avoid common pitfalls like groupthink. If you liked Give and Take, you’ll enjoy this one.
In Give and Take, Adam Grant highlights why Givers (those that frequently help others expecting nothing in return) eventually attain higher levels of success than Takers (those constantly out for their own best interest). While the book boasts “A Revolutionary Guide to Success” on the cover, that piece isn’t necessarily revolutionary. However, Adam does elaborate on how Givers can better balance giving with standing up for themselves to avoid becoming a doormat. To me, this was the most beneficial piece of the book – how to give without being taken advantage of.