Which are YOU? A Creative or an Original? (Neither, maybe?) – SCN Encourager
Let’s start by tagging you as an Achiever.
This is good for starters.
You’re an Achiever.
And while many adjectives may describe you – and some of them we may even share (and I’m sorry ’bout that) – the word LAZY probably never, ever comes up.
Even I never hear the word LAZY used to describe me – just the five letter word it rhymes with, dang it.
We’re “get ‘er done” kind of people.
So now I must ask, are you a creative or are you an original?
And don’t start squirming… you can be both, you know.
But here’s an interesting measuring stick that’ll help us tell.
Adam Grant is a professor in the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
He’s got an amazing background and has written two books.
He also grew up in West Bloomfield, Michigan, which isn’t as cool as hailing from Flint, of course, but he hasn’t let this significant disadvantage hold him back.
His latest book is titled “Originals.”
Now here’s where we get around to answering the question about you.
His basic definition of original is this; a propensity for pushing out boundaries, breaking rules, and challenging the status quo.
Do this a lot and you’re an Original.
In other words, an Original is a person who will frequently forego the easy default path whenever it’s presented.
According to Grant, there is research which proves you can tell if a person is an Original or not by the web browser they use.
It works out this way.
If you are using Internet Explorer or Safari… you are not an Original.
(You merely accepted the default browser that was preloaded onto your computer and started using it without a fuss or whimper.)
If you are using Chrome or Firefox – now, you’re an Original.
There’s no idle rolling along with the flow for you!
You’re in the rebel pack.
As simple as this test is, I’m still not sure what I am.
(The story of my life…)
I remember getting started online using AltaVista.
So I don’t know if this makes me an Original or a Creative.
But I have a bad feeling about this.
I think it just makes me OLD.
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