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Think Again

The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know

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Publisher Description

#1 New York Times Bestseller

“THIS. This is the right book for right now. Yes, learning requires focus. But, unlearning and relearning requires much more—it requires choosing courage over comfort. In Think Again, Adam Grant weaves together research and storytelling to help us build the intellectual and emotional muscle we need to stay curious enough about the world to actually change it. I’ve never felt so hopeful about what I don’t know.”
—Brené Brown, Ph.D., #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dare to Lead

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hidden Potential, Originals, and Give and Take examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions and open other people's minds, which 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, there's another set of cognitive skills that might matter more: the ability to rethink and unlearn. In our daily lives, too many of us favor the comfort of conviction over the discomfort of doubt. We listen to opinions that make us feel good, instead of ideas that make us think hard. We see disagreement as a threat to our egos, rather than an opportunity to learn. We surround ourselves with people who agree with our conclusions, when we should be gravitating toward those who challenge our thought process. The result is that our beliefs get brittle long before our bones. We think too much like preachers defending our sacred beliefs, prosecutors proving the other side wrong, and politicians campaigning for approval--and too little like scientists searching for truth. Intelligence is no cure, and it can even be a curse: being good at thinking can make us worse at rethinking. The brighter we are, the blinder to our own limitations we can become.

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant is an expert on opening other people's minds--and our own. As Wharton's top-rated professor and the bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, he makes it one of his guiding principles to argue like he's right but listen like he's wrong. With bold ideas and rigorous evidence, he investigates how we can embrace the joy of being wrong, bring nuance to charged conversations, 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, a vaccine whisperer convinces concerned parents to immunize their children, and Adam has coaxed Yankees fans to root for the Red Sox. Think Again reveals that we don't have to believe everything we think or internalize everything we feel. It's an invitation to let go of views that are no longer serving us well and prize mental flexibility over foolish consistency. If knowledge is power, knowing what we don't know is wisdom.

Business & Personal Finance
February 2
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Richard Bakare ,

Question Everything

I was reminded of the quote, “all things change in a dynamic environment, your effort to remain what you are is what limits you.” In the case of Think Again, not being open to changing your mind is a limiting decision. At a larger, Adam Grant is commenting on a society stuck in its partisan echo chambers. Both sides limited by an unwillingness to change.

To be truly wise is to know you do not and can not know everything. Expertise is the life long pursuit of learning in a specific field rather than knowing everything there is in a specific field. Adam Grant places scientific inquiry right in the middle of these two states. Through many studies and examples he shows how the citizen scientist is not stuck in their thinking.

Indeed, Grant’s structuring of the book underlines the key technique you take away from it. Assume you are wrong and keep asking questions. Almost every chapter circles back to that very premise, what if I am wrong and how can I ask a better question to someone who disagrees with me. Thought provoking and practical. A good read for anyone.

Ryton57 ,

Great book

Simple and easy to read. Opened my mind to appreciating complexity and revisiting my approaches.


Enjoyable read

Quick read about the power of rethinking in daily life, and the benefits of thinking like a scientist instead of preaching, politicking and prosecuting.

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