Wharton's most popular and youngest-tenured professor says the most successful people are Givers

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Adam Grant, who is the youngest tenured professor and single highest-rated teacher at The Wharton School, has an unconventional philosophy on what makes people successful. He says that the most successful people are givers, not "matchers" or "takers."

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May 13, 2013

So it took a wharton professor to make you cognizant of this ?

May 13, 2013

You say this as if it's obvious, he says that most people think giving to succeed is a "paradoxical concept". It took a Wharton professor to make the entire fuckin world aware of this.

May 13, 2013

Ok Siddhartha Gautama, tell me more about your path to altruistic enlightenment at Wharton (100 percent positive people go there to make money, not save the world). Just because hes at Wharton doesn't make him god and just because he just NOW said it doesn't mean it hasn't been said before. Some people are brought up and taught to give, I grew up without a pot to piss in and saw my parents give all the time to people with less because they believe in doing good, and no they aren't successful but they are extremely happy. It doesn't take an academic to make myself and the "entire fuckin world aware of this." Your idea is fine, I just have a problem that it becomes law once a professor says it, as if they are providing people at Wharton with something the rest of the world doesn't have. Life should teach you this, not a professor.

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May 13, 2013

Ya but the thing is Adam Grant is a huge fag

May 13, 2013
BlackHat:

Ya but the thing is Adam Grant is a huge fag

https://mgmt.wharton.upenn.edu/CFFileServlet/_cf_i...

Acknowledged.

The HBS guys have MAD SWAGGER. They frequently wear their class jackets to boston bars, strutting and acting like they own the joint. They just ooze success, confidence, swagger, basically attributes of alpha males.

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May 13, 2013
BlackHat:

Ya but the thing is Adam Grant is a huge fag

Peep the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YC0G-ZA8gU

May 13, 2013

Wow, hes young AND popular? Awesome.

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May 13, 2013

I guess you could say he likes to give rather than take.

May 13, 2013
datphukinnewb:

I guess you could say he likes to give rather than take.

It's obvious he takes it.

Hard.

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May 13, 2013

Thanks for the nice words

May 14, 2013
May 14, 2013
Valuestrat920:

He says that the most successful people are givers, not "matchers" or "takers."

Yes and no.
Yes, he found that the most successful people are givers.
No, because the LEAST successful people were also givers.

You're definitely oversimplifying this study and missing a key insight - being a "giver" is a recipe for great success just as much as for abysmal failure.

May 14, 2013

I think it's pretty stupid that he's simplified it this much. People aren't going to be successful because they're "giver, matcher, or taker". It's a personality trait and there are plenty of both that are successful.

May 14, 2013
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