Ep. 022 – Option B with Adam Grant

By now you may have seen or heard an interview with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg discussing her recently released new book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy.

Although she is the headliner, Sandberg had a co-author on the project — the incredible Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist, professor and accomplished author in his own right. We were lucky enough to land Adam as this week’s Better Off guest.

Adam, named Wharton’s top-rated professor for five straight years, has already authored two New York Times bestselling books. Originals explores how individuals champion new ideas and leaders fight groupthink and Give and Take examines why helping others drives our success.

His latest project with Sandberg focuses on resilience and how to use it in everyday life to become better off, a core theme of our podcast.

Life isn’t always a smooth ride and inevitably you’re going to have to deal with some bumps in the road. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job or a bad financial decision, at some point along the way there are going to be tough times that you will face.

For Sheryl this moment came after the sudden death of her husband Dave Goldberg. Stuck in a deep void, she felt that she and her children would never again experience joy. It was Adam who helped her realize that there are concrete steps she could take to recover and rebound from the life-shattering experience.

Adam notes that deep down inside all of us, we all have resilience — and combined with a support system, it’s possible for of us to grow and find even greater appreciation in our lives. I think this book with help you prepare for the next hurdle you encounter.

Quick side note…it’s always our goal to get our guests with us in-studio but due to conflicting schedules, we conducted this interview on the phone. Because Adam we was so good and the topic so important, we decided the phone shouldn’t stop us from running it. We hope you agree!
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