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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

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

“Prolific author Pink seamlessly blends neuroscience, psychology and more for a new look at what he sees as a misunderstood emotion—regret. Pink draws on the largest survey ever done about Americans' attitudes toward regret to reshape the way we think about it, creating his own three-step process for using regret to one's advantage in this inspiring guide." —Newsweek

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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • MP
  • 2022-02-08

Powerful, immediately relevant

I'd always thought the feeling of regret was a bad thing, a weakness to be avoided if possible. Yet nobody can help it; we all feel it. There are lots of ways to signal this feeling in conversation too. That's why I wanted to listen this time.

Pink cites studies, especially international studies about regret. People mostly regret not having taken a bold action that would have demonstrated character and courage, the knowing a course of action is right on some important level but not choosing it in favor of playing it safe.

Pink explains our own motivations that never get voiced. He says relationships drift apart because the actors avoid the awkwardness of reaching out, hence a huge bundle of regrets he terms as "connection regrets."

I found this book at times difficult to listen through because it caused me to reflect and feel my regrets which isn't a wonderful feeling. I suppose this process serves to prepare one to be more action-oriented going forward. At least that's the hope.

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  • Laura R. Taylor
  • 2022-02-21

A must read/listen!

brings into perspective how we hold onto regrets we created, yet gives guidance on how to maneuver the regrets and our path forward. Realized I'm just like so many...we're human.

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  • Corey Rose
  • 2022-05-14

A liberal writer in a capitalist society. Basically Bernie sanders

When the book said “non binary” instead of female I lost all respect for the writer and any credibility as far as being “educated” goes. I continued listening but it just got worse. I ended up deleting the book because I don’t want my children to accidentally listening to it. I distance my loved ones from people who can’t grasp even the most basic level of biology. So much for “trust the science”.

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  • Park, Jay Hyearn
  • 2022-02-10

Highly recommended

Gave me a good perspective about how regrets can be leveraged as a positive thing. We all make countless small and big mistakes in life and being armed with Pink’s mental framework will improve future behaviors.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-02-05

Disappointing

Most regrets are the classics. Author's analyses are the things we've heard a million times from a million authors before. Nothing counterintuitive, surprising or groundbreaking to take from this.

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  • Mariana Borbon Blanco
  • 2022-10-23

Oooops he did it again!

If you're D Pink fan you'll love it. Great tips for anxious achievers, reads fast, uses clear tearms and examples to remember the lessons and sound interesting at dinners.

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  • Donald Kipnis
  • 2022-02-14

Worthwhile self improvement

Initially I thought the subject of the book, regret, would be boring but as as I listened on I realized how appropriate it was for me. It will adjust my perception of life in a positive way past present and future. I needed this book...perfect timing.

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  • Mary C Nichols
  • 2023-01-21

Reliving regret

Typically not a fan of non-fiction, I was drawn to this book because it is my most confusing emotion. Dan Pink did a superb job of narrating his own book and unabashedly discusses his own regrets. I also enjoyed hearing about others’ regrets, and found myself comparing them to my own. The lessons on moving forward are based on scientific data, which seems very convincing. Highly recommended!

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  • Lindsey Marie Fritsch
  • 2022-12-19

Learned so much

A must read for all humans! Five stars for sure! I’m a better person for reading it.

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  • Anna Peterson
  • 2022-06-21

Insightful

Embracing the power of regret to drive positive change instead of current Western culture's idea of pretending you don't have regrets is liberating. So is the recognition that everyone has regrets, regardless of whether they admit it. The fact that the foundational regrets are remarkably universal removes stigma and fosters a space for growth and change. The audiobook would have been improved by a PDF with a list/definitions of the types of regrets, citations of recommended resources, and lists of steps for change.

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