The bestselling author of Give & Take and Originals examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions & open other people’s minds, which can position you for excellence at work & wisdom in life.
Intelligence is usually seen as the ability to think & learn, but in a rapidly changing world, there’s another set of cognitive skills that might matter more: the ability to rethink & 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 – & 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 – & our own. As Wharton’s top-rated professor & the bestselling author of Originals & 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 & rigorous evidence, he investigates how we can embrace the joy of being wrong, bring nuance to charged conversations, & build schools, workplaces, & 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, & 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 & prize mental flexibility over foolish consistency. If knowledge is power, knowing what we don’t know is wisdom.