“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 bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your own opinions and open other people’s minds, which can help you achieve professional excellence and life wisdom.
Intelligence is commonly defined as the ability to think and learn, but in today’s fast-paced world, another set of cognitive abilities may be more important: the ability to rethink and unlearn. Too many of us prefer the comfort of conviction to the discomfort of doubt in our daily lives.Instead of listening to ideas that make us think, we listen to opinions that make us feel good. Instead of seeing disagreement as an opportunity to learn, we see it as a threat to our egos. When we should be gravitating toward those who challenge our thought process, we surround ourselves with people who agree with our conclusions.As a result, our beliefs become brittle before our bones. We think too much like preachers defending their sacred beliefs, prosecutors proving the other side wrong, and politicians campaigning for votes, and too little like scientists looking for the truth.Intelligence is neither a panacea nor a cure; in fact, being good at thinking can make us worse at rethinking. The brighter we are, the more blind we become to our own limitations.
Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist, specializes in opening other people’s minds—and our own. He makes it one of his guiding principles as Wharton’s top-rated professor and bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take to argue like he’s right but listen like he’s wrong.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, using bold ideas and rigorous evidence.You’ll discover how an international debate champion wins arguments, a Black musician persuades white supremacists to stop hating, a vaccine whisperer persuades worried parents to immunize their children, and Adam has persuaded Yankees fans to support the Red Sox.Think Again shows clearly that we don’t have to believe or internalize everything we think or feel. It’s an invitation to let go of beliefs that aren’t serving us anymore, and to value mental flexibility over rigidity. Knowing what we don’t know is wisdom, if knowledge is power.