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  • The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know
  • Written by: Adam Grant
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  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,008 ratings)

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Number One New York Times Best Seller

“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, PhD, number one New York Times best-selling author of Dare to Lead)

The best-selling author of Give and Take and Originals 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.

©2021 Adam Grant (P)2021 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

Named a best nonfiction book of 2021 by The Washington Post

"Renowned Wharton professor Grant spotlights one of the most important and impactful themes of our time: questioning one's own deeply held beliefs. Grant frames true knowledge as not knowing everything, but rather, listening as if we knew nothing at all in this intrepid book that is what our present moment requires." (Newsweek, "Our 21 Favorite Books of 2021") ]

“In a world of aggressive certitude, Adam Grant’s latest book is a refreshing mandate for humble open-mindedness. Think Again offers a particularly powerful case for rethinking what we already know...that is not just a useful lesson; it could be a vital one.” (Financial Times)  

“In his latest book, Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know, [Grant] is in vintage form.” (The Wall Street Journal)  

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Woke academic with a bit of scientific insight.

The author reinforces the research with very topical material. Name drops like a fanboy, as he tells you about the time he worked with Malinda Gates, quotes M. Obama and nicely rounds it off by referencing Sen. Cuomo.
The narration mirrors the attempts of the author to sound hip and can be irritating at times.
Despite the virtue signalling packaging, there is some good research and science throughout.

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Interesting book, made me rethink

I really liked that Adam narrated this himself. I found the first half really captivating but the second half a little bit legging and repetitive. I wish he would’ve had some more helpful tools for rethinking and less of stories. This is the beginning of a great face if he were to write a second book with more worksheet like mentality

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Thought provoking and entertaining

I didn't want it to end! The examples Adam gives are all easy enough to understand and he shares in a manner that's not only easy-to-follow, but entertaining. He's an engaging narrator. I first heard him on the Armchair Expert podcast and decided to download his book... no regrets! I've been talking about these concepts alot lately and will probably listen or read it again.

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Good concepts, tired anecdotes

I liked the book overall, liked the narration and content except that a lot of the anecdotes were ones I was already aware of… made it a little boring at times. Any avid reader or podcast listener of a variety of non-fiction genres will have heard a lot of them before.

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Highly Recommend!

A good read for anyone who feels stuck in their lives and are looking for tools to consider different perspectives.

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My new favourite book

This book is concise and to the point, entertaining, and not one of those self-improvement books that has ONE good point that is being explored as nauseum just to make a book out of it. On the contrary, this is for once a book I wished was longer! I even found myself taking notes.
My previous favourite book was Vishen Lakhiani’s “the code of the extraordinary mind” (and the next book “The Buddha and the Badass” was unfortunately pretty much a reputation). I also love Kahlil Gibran’s “The prophet”.
I’ll be recommending this book to all my friends and colleagues, and my boyfriend is already doing the same (he listened to the book first)

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Very educational

Very informative and in-depth lesson on how not to remain static in our thinking. Lots of great examples.

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Good immersion inside rethinking. Easy to love.

It is a good immersion inside the mindset of thinking again. Not so much a method book but really does help grasp the ditferent virtue of thinking again ! Funny at time too :)

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You Need to Read This Book

Adam Grant invites us to hold our beliefs, values, and decisions with humility and careful examination. This is a valuable book for those who are wrestling with those who seem entrenched in embedded belief systems.

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an ok rethink book

if you've been keeping up with recent psychology and behavioral economics studies or articles you can probably skip this one. It's good information but it's out there for free if you look for it.

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  • Victor Alvia
  • 2021-02-10

Only Good if you've never questioned anything.

I agree, this book will help you shift your way of thinking; but those who consider themselves "woke" will NOT enjoy this. This book could have easily been 2-Hours long. The information in here is dragged out, he talks way too much about his experience with a short point at the end. Repetition is important, but the message is too repetitive. He even gets political and opinionated on issues that are completely irrelevant to the thesis of this book. This is a weaker version of the two books Rich Dad Poor Dad & How To Win Friends & Influence People.

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  • Melanie Grapes
  • 2021-02-19

Great Read, Censored Reading

Adam Grant knocks it out of the park yet again. This insight into rethinking things is eye opening. Unfortunately, Audible or some other entity decided to bleep out words. Truly disappointed in that... we are adult enough to write them and read them, not adult enough to hear them. The bleep outs are very distracting and it alters the authors writing and intent. Poor decision on the part of Audible.

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  • Tim
  • 2021-02-11

Title is very misleading, content not great

Subtext is more about how to change people’s minds through emotional manipulation than thinking critically for yourself. Author actually makes the statement that “the ends justify the means”.

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  • Amanda Wolf
  • 2021-02-23

Waste of Time

I’ve seen Adam Grant pop up on a bunch of my favorite Podcasts and his books placed in front of Barnes & Nobles. So I was actually excited to dive into a book about thinking but man, what a waste of time - struggled to even get to Chapter 7. The entire book was the author saying “I” or “me” in an annoying voice. No real content in this book. 1/5 - do not recommend.

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  • 2021-02-12

Interesting idea that lacks richness

Interesting idea but the book lacks structure and richness above all narrative is a different talent from writing a book so I hope the author will “Think Again “ and consider that in his next book and leave the narrative to professionals since that has a huge impact on the overall user experience

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  • Aza Rose
  • 2021-02-05

Adam Grant Has Done it Again.

Another great book by Adam Grant. The thing that I love is that 1 this title was actually narrated by the author (which always makes me more comfortable with a book) and 2 in this book he shared his knowledge and even Thought Again about his older work. Happy to have consumed this and I am definitely sharing with all my friends and colleagues!

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  • John Watson
  • 2021-02-19

Disappointing to say the least.

I really wish people would leave the politics out. Very disappointed. Grant has written great books before this pile. Please don't waste your time. I will be returning this book.

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  • ErikaReadsALot
  • 2021-02-07

Great insights for our times

Adam Grant’s latest release couldn’t be more timely. In a world rife with conflicting views on everything, he offers anecdotes, insights, and advice on how to resolve conflict, reassess our goals, and remain open-minded. Highly recommended!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-02-06

Worth listening to

Interesting & worth your time. Got a little slow a couple times, but picked up again. In the end I decided to do the book again & pass on a recommendation to my daughter & friends to read.

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  • Mike Salazar
  • 2021-02-06

Wow!

Listened to the genesis of this book by Adam Grant in discussion and conversation with Malcolm Gladwell and Kat Cole. Knowing this dives deep into how to reshape our thoughts and reimagining life.

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  • Aja
  • 2023-01-26

It made me question my believes

It's a great book, it contains numerous insights and information on the importance to rethink. This book from Adam is in the top of my 2023 list! Thank you

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  • Walid
  • 2022-12-27

Meh…

Ok. Whatever …
The concept could have been cool,
“what is re thinking ?
How to re think ?
Here are some example on things you can re think.”
Better than having a buzzword around some random people who encourage their students to rethink.
Overrated.

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  • Jean-Michel Patrick
  • 2022-12-10

Excellent and original

Excellent book, with scientific, original and actionable insights. One of my favorites in 2022. Definitely recommend