Think Again by Adam Grant

01 Jun 2022

Think Again is a book about the benefit of doubt, and about how we can get better at embracing the unknown and the joy of being wrong. Evidence has shown that creative geniuses are not attached to one identity, but constantly willing to rethink their stances and that leaders who admit they don't know something and seek critical feedback lead more productive and innovative teams.

New evidence shows us that as a mindset and a skilllset, rethinking can be taught and Grant explains how to develop the necessary qualities to do it. Section 1 explores why we struggle to think again and how we can learn to do it as individuals, arguing that 'grit' alone can actually be counterproductive. Section 2 discusses how we can help others think again through learning about 'argument literacy'. And the final section 3 looks at how schools, businesses and governments fall short in building cultures that encourage rethinking.

In the end, learning to rethink may be the secret skill to give you the edge in a world changing faster than ever.

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A fantastic read by Adam Grant. Ever so often, we all need to re-think and re-analyze everything in our lives. Pivoting is good. As we grow, we gather new information/ experiences and so our age-old beliefs also needs to be questioned and upgraded.

I loved this quote - "We are living in space-age times, yet there are still so many of us thinking with stone-age minds."

Other authors talk about being resilient but I feel "thinking again" is the first step for preparing outselves in being resilient. Unknowingly, I have put this to practice in my life this year by jumping back into software development from entrepreneuship (read In Code) and it feels great!


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