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Discover the critical art of rethinking: how questioning your opinions can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life
Intelligence is usually seen as the ability to think and learn, but in a rapidly changing world, the most crucial skill may be the ability to rethink and unlearn. Recent global and political changes have forced many of us to re-evaluate our opinions and decisions. Yet we often still favour the comfort of conviction over the discomfort of doubt, and prefer opinions that make us feel good, instead of ideas that make us think hard. Intelligence is no cure, and can even be a curse. The brighter we are, the blinder we can become to our own limitations.
Adam Grant - Wharton's top-rated professor and #1 bestselling author - offers bold ideas and rigorous evidence to show how we can embrace the joy of being wrong, encourage others to rethink topics as wide-ranging as abortion and climate change, and build schools, workplaces, and communities of lifelong learners. You'll learn how an international debate champion wins arguments, a Black musician persuades white supremacists to abandon hate, and how a vaccine whisperer convinces anti-vaxxers to immunize their children. Think Again is an invitation to let go of stale opinions and prize mental flexibility, humility, and curiosity over foolish consistency. If knowledge is power, knowing what you don't know is wisdom.
"Our ways of thinking become habits that can weigh us down, and we don't bother to question them until it's too late," warns psychologist Grant (The Gift Inside the Box) in this energetic guide. Learning to question one's assumptions requires a high level of "mental fitness," he writes, which can be learned. To that end, he urges readers to stay flexible and adapt to change by identifying and managing such emotions as defensiveness and anger. Grant offers no shortage of examples of people who have managed to change their own or others' minds, or those who have failed: Daryl Davis, for example, is a Black man who brought KKK members out of Klan membership by engaging them in thoughtful conversation, while Mike Lazaridis of Blackberry failed to adapt when he insisted no one would want an "entire computer" on their phone. In the way of advice, Grant encourages readers to develop intellectual humility, accept criticism of their work, and have a "challenge network" to prevent tunnel vision. Grant convincingly makes a case that it's possible to prevent "locking our life GPS onto a single target can give us the right directions to the wrong destination." His guide is reliably lively, convincing, and approachable.