Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know

Written by:
Adam Grant
Narrated by:
Adam Grant

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2021
6 hours 40 minutes
#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.
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Kyle B.

I found myself in and out of this book, I just found it super repetitive. Probably could have read the coles notes on this and got the message.

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I don’t have enough good things to say and I don’t think my review would do any sort of justice so below are some excerpts from the book. •Let got of knowledge and opinions that are no longer serving you well •Think like a scientist: question your thinking processes - be actively open minded •The purpose of learning isn’t to affirm our beliefs. It’s to evolve our beliefs •Doubts can be a cue we need to improve our tools - learn to use imposter syndrome to your advantage •Yes, we are entitled to hold our own opinions inside our heads, but when we choose to express them out loud though it’s our responsibility to ground them in logic and facts and to share our reasoning with others and change our minds when better evidence emerges •We learn more from people who challenge our thought process then those who affirm our conclusions •Many communicators try to make themselves look smart. Great listeners are more interested in making their audience feel smart. •Take time in your confusion - confusion can be a cue that there is new territory to be explored or a fresh puzzle to solve

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Jennifer L

Spoke too fast for me to process but I’m kind of old.

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Alma Hrund H.

Great read , made me rethink

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Good book! I found it a little less “wow” than giving and taking by the same author.

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Lots of information. Completely thought provoking. It requires living in the present and being willing to change course when presented with new information. In short - it’s work and requires action on our part. I like it! Thank you

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Agata P.

Very well written and researched. For the first time in my life I felt empowered by what I still don't know, instead of being overpowered. Intellectually and emotionally uplifting, inspiring, motivational and humourous! I can't wait to read it again!

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What a great book! This is the best book to read in 2021 with all the changes around the world. It happened that I found this book right when I wanted to change my career. I had doubts if I made a mistake but this books opened my eyes into so many possibilities in life. This in NOT you typical self-help book. This one actually useful!

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