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The Power of Regret

Written by: Daniel H. Pink
Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink, Gisela Chipe, Edward Hong, Hillary Huber, Sarah Palmero, Alejandro Ruiz, Fred Sanders, Neil Shah, Jade Wheeler, Nancy Wu
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Publisher's Summary

“The world needs this book.” —Brené Brown, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of Dare to Lead and Atlas of the Heart

An instant New York Times bestseller

As featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post

Named a Best Book of 2022 by NPR and Financial Times

From the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of When and Drive, a new book about the transforming power of our most misunderstood yet potentially most valuable emotion: regret.

Everybody has regrets, Daniel H. Pink explains in The Power of Regret. They’re a universal and healthy part of being human. And understanding how regret works can help us make smarter decisions, perform better at work and school, and bring greater meaning to our lives.

Drawing on research in social psychology, neuroscience, and biology, Pink debunks the myth of the “no regrets” philosophy of life. And using the largest sampling of American attitudes about regret ever conducted as well as his own World Regret Survey—which has collected regrets from more than 15,000 people in 105 countries—he lays out the four core regrets that each of us has. These deep regrets offer compelling insights into how we live and how we can find a better path forward.

As he did in his bestsellers Drive, When, and A Whole New Mind, Pink lays out a dynamic new way of thinking about regret and frames his ideas in ways that are clear, accessible, and pragmatic. Packed with true stories of people's regrets as well as practical takeaways for reimagining regret as a positive force, The Power of Regret shows how we can live richer, more engaged lives.

©2022 Daniel H. Pink (P)2022 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“Daniel Pink reclaims regret as an indispensable emotion and explains how to use it to make better decisions, perform better at work or school and bring greater meaning to your life. His well-known, user-friendly style, chock-full of moving stories, will have you looking at regret as something that doesn’t just make us human, but also makes us better.” —The Wall Street Journal

The Power of Regret dives deep into the research behind the 'most misunderstood' emotion and brings it to life through accessible human storytelling.” —Forbes

“Regret could be overdue for its own rebranding. … [A] look back might be the way to move forward. We might find lessons lurking in moments we’ve pushed from the light. Regret has long been considered a sign of weakness, but what if we saw it as a strength?” —The Washington Post

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I couldn't wait for the book to finish. wrong narrator selection. I literally couldn't enjoy the book

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No Regrets…IMPOSSIBLE !

I had the honour of hearing Mr Pink live at a work leadership conference in Alberta. I appreciated his honesty and how relatable this book was. It helped me put things in perspective.

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Liked it for the research & stories

Content was better than performance. Must love a bit of corn with your cheese. Also can we not be forced to worship Bezos- I be he regrets plenty.

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Thinking about it...

Some new ideas but I didn't take as much away as his previous work. stick with To Sell is Human.

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A must read/listen!!

Awesome book!! A must for everybody… unless you’re not human ! ;)
Thank you Mr Pink, fabulous work and wonderfully read!

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Amazing Listen!!

So I initially got the book from my local library, but as I have adhd and have trouble focusing for longer periods of time to read, unless I’m fully immersed in the book, I decided to return it and buy the copy of it off audible with my free credit during my trial.

I have taken notes and notes and notes on the core regrets, and loved the stories and and studies to back up some of what the author was saying. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend, or family member given the opportunity. I plan to reflect on what I’ve learn and slowly implement these ideas into my life and watch how it impacts me for the better.

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A great storyteller outlines a flawed argument

Regret is the feelings from our mistakes. They don’t make us better; what we learn from those mistakes, does. That’s Growth Mindset which takes work. Regret doesn’t take work; it’s a feeling that happens, motivating some and paralyzingly others.

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