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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 (1,077 ratings)

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Think Again

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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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Turns out I am a rethinker. Who knew?

Now I better.understand and can explain some of the ways I work. Great to increase negotiating skills, and how you might try to open minds in different conditions.

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Think again is a creative, innovative book!!

I really enjoyed 'Think again' and I love the way that knowledge and opinions are changeable, and we can't stay tied to any of our old ideas.It's rethinking why we continue to do things when they don't wrok anymore. As a teacher, I loved the idea of having a group of people that you trust to challenge you to do even better than before! This is applicable to how we give feedback to our students.

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Great read that gets you to rethink

Overall an amazing read with a lot of evidence to back up theories. Would have loved some more things for readers to do, to get them rethinking their day to day life.

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Absolutely Inspiring!

Adam wrote this book with a good balance of authentic integrity, coupled with scientific research, to challenge us to question our own beliefs and thoughts. I like that the book is both interesting and inspiring. This is a must read for anyone interested in psychology, and or learning more about themselves and others. As a former academic, I intend to share this book with my past colleagues and professors.

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recommend for health professionals & leaders

High value for clinical reasoning & partnerships to promote participation w/clients & leadership with team.

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Mind expanding ideas shared

Particularly during the polarizing moment we are currently living, I found this book to be a breath of fresh insight. I am feeling more optimistic and mentally adaptable having spent the time listening to Adam Grant's ideas. Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys thinking, and wants to embrace more cognitive flexibility!

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Challenge yourself

Excellent check-up from the neck up. Challenges one to look at various views one has on their plate and perhaps choose a better sauce.

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Adam Grant is great to listen to.

If you have a fixed mindset to look at things only certain way, Adam's book will make you open your mind to a totally other perspective. His podcasts are great to listen to as well.

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Great insight into reframing how you think

It's not about finding happiness, but it does set you up with the tools you need to reconsider any situation. So little that does so much.

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Everyone should listen!

This is the best book I have read this year. Everyone should listen to this.

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