Think You Know What It Takes to Be Original?

I like taking research-based quizzes on line.

Last week I wrote about a two-part personality test I took to determine my empathy and systemizing quotients. Once I had the results, I could determine if I had a balanced, female, or male brain. My results were smack in the middle, and I was classified as having a balanced brain.

A few years ago I wrote about the results of taking an online Myers-Briggs personality test, and found out that I was an INTJ.

Tonight I decided to take the “Originals” quiz found on Adam Grant’s web site. This is a quiz designed to see if you know what it takes to be an original. I read his great book called “Originals” a couple of years ago, and apparently I’ve forgotten some of the key takeaways from the book. The average score on the quiz is 6 out of 15; I scored a whopping 7 out of 15. The quiz only takes five minutes, and provides a nice sneak peak into some of the fascinating insights one can learn from reading the book.

Originals is about  how to champion new ideas and fight groupthink. Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can build cultures that welcome dissent.

So if you are curious about what it takes to be an original, start with the quiz, and then read the book. Perhaps you’ll be better able to retain the material that way.

And if you are interested in some other quizzes I’ve taken about over the years, here is a list:

Do You Live in a Bubble

How Well Can You Spot Grammar Errors?

Test Your Current Knowledge of the News

How Well Do You Know the Average American?

A “Slippery Words” Vocabulary Quiz

An Online Grammar Quiz

Did a Human or a Computer Write This?

What’s Your Financial Literacy?

How Long Will You Live?

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