Adam Grant, magician turned workplace author, has a new book coming out, “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World.”
In an interview with the New York Times, he asserted, “We all have original ideas. …Most of us [just] don’t act on these ideas. We’re afraid we’re going to be rejected or ridiculed …”
Probably the most overlooked benefit of being in college is that you can speak your mind, with little fear of consequences. You’re not yet supporting a family, or worried you’re about to lose your job if you look stupid.
At my first job out of college, I asked why we didn’t split up our workers into groups specializing in specific areas, rather than having every person do each job from start to finish. 28 years later I’m damn glad I did.
So if you have anything to add to a discussion, whether in class, at an internship, on a job or at a club, by all means, speak up. What’s the worst that can happen?