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The Power of Regret

Written by: Daniel H. Pink
Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink,Alejandro Ruiz,Fred Sanders,Gisela Chipe,Hilarry Huber,Nancy Wu,Neil Shah,Jade Wheeler,Sarah Palmero,Edward Hong
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Publisher's Summary

‘No regrets.’ You’ve heard people proclaim it as a philosophy of life. That’s nonsense, even dangerous, says Daniel H. Pink in his latest bold and inspiring work. Everybody has regrets. They’re a fundamental part of our lives. And if we reckon with them in fresh and imaginative ways, we can enlist our regrets to make smarter decisions, perform better at work and school, and deepen our sense of meaning and purpose.

In The Power of Regret, Pink draws on research in psychology, neuroscience, economics and biology to challenge widely-held assumptions about emotions and behaviour. Using the largest sampling of attitudes about regret ever conducted from his own World Regret Survey–which has collected regrets from more than 16,000 people in 105 countries–he identifies the four core regrets that most people have. These four regrets, Pink argues, operate as a ‘photographic negative’ of the good life. By understanding what people regret the most, we can understand what they value the most. And by following the simple, science-based, three-step process that he sets out, we can transform our regrets in a positive force for working smarter and living better.

With Pink’s signature blend of big ideas and practical takeaways, captivating stories and crisp humour, The Power of Regret offers an urgent and indispensable guide for a life well-lived.

©2022 Daniel H. Pink (P)2022 Canongate Books

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full of examples. not of takeaways

the examples were nice. but even after being 80% through the book, I didn't feel that I've learnt anything. this is more of a research book. its not very actionable .

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  • 23-08-22

A few interesting thoughts

Not for me. Perhaps I haven't regretted enough in life to associate with this book. There were a few interesting concepts, but nothing that would tangibly improve my life.

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  • TCON
  • 27-02-22

This book came along when needed

Thank you very much Dan for writing this book. It came along just when I needed it, to put my regrets in perspective. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

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  • mr phillip suddick
  • 24-03-22

I regret buying this book

I don’t think there is enough useful information to constitute writing a book on this subject, a leaflet would’ve been fine. Everyone wants to write a book nowadays, maybe I’ll write one about this book. No regrets!

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  • vf
  • 03-03-22

Disappointing

What a disappointing book. Pink mentioned he was not sure how to frame it. I think that is obvious. This is a book of easy soundbites. Little beyond the basic - you will regret things, use this as motivation - it brings little new to light.

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  • Nikolaos Lioulis
  • 23-04-22

, boring

could have said the same things in half the time. repetition and basic knowledge staff. not a good read

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  • Paulo Mendes
  • 30-04-22

Again, a New & refreshing thinking

It’s impossible don't be a fan of Daniel Pink. Again he put us in different level of analysis and thinking!

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  • juozas kasiulis
  • 01-12-22

To regret or not to regret

This audiobooks contains plenty of useful information. Probably would be advisable to listen again and write down some of the main points. We'll done narration.

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  • ANDREW
  • 28-11-22

Pretty basically obvious.

Of course regret is part of reflection and those that say no regrets are likely not being honest, or are wired in a certain way. Just didn’t thing this book offered much.

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  • Wicked Wolfie
  • 07-10-22

Regret is good because...

... if you make bad decisions that you later don't like regret will tell you so. That's it with a lot of fluff and examples of bad decision makers having regrets.

lt would have been nice to have some balance from good decision makers explaining how they don't have regrets because they know that they couldn't have done anything better but this is not covered and dismissed. The author decides not to believe anyone who claims not to have regrets.

I've enjoyed Dan Pink's other works but this one is unfortunately bad science. And I have no regrets in saying that.

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  • Planetnowhere1
  • 22-07-22

Food For Thought

Whilst Dan H Pink was narrating, I certainly went down my list of the type/s of regret he was discussing. I've never seen a book written about regret before so it certainly was fascinating. I'd enjoyed Dan's Ted Talk on YouTube, and Dan Gilbert's Ted Talk too so when he mentioned Dan Gilbert I knew who he was talking about. It was because I had seen Dan Pinks Ted Talk that I bought the book which, like his Ted Talk, was thoroughly fascinating and educational. 👍 🙂

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  • Chris N.
  • 11-06-22

Excellent Read

Definately a game changer in the mind of regret. Well worth the read and I've decided to buy the book now as well for reflection.

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  • Ash
  • 19-02-22

Thought-provoking and refreshing

Thought-provoking, refreshing and much needed for contemporary society in a glossy world of social media facades. Congratulations Daniel on your research, interpretation and findings, and sharing your insights with us in this excellent book.

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  • Diana
  • 29-11-22

disappointed, maybe I expected too much from Pink.

struggled to finish it. I expected way more exciting and inspiring than this. Thanks

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  • Denyse
  • 01-10-22

This was awesome! Helped Me understand Regrets

Thanks Daniel Pink for this book! Bought the hard copy too. Listening & learning & forgiving myself. ... and making sure past regrets guide my future decisions.

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  • LaurenH
  • 04-09-22

Dan Pink

I always enjoy Daniel’s work, he blends quantitative and qualitative in beautifully along with a few laughs and home truths. Educational, enlightening and enjoyable

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-08-22

Fascinating Research & Findings

I was listened this this audio book by Daniel H. Pink as I was so fascinated around this topic. Thanks to the groundbreaking research & findings I have learnt so much, and so many questions I had in my quest for learning about humanity has definitely been answered. If you are a curious person at heart like me and love learning, definitely add this book to your Audible Wish List. Review by Yvette Le Blowitz, Podcast Host of Feel Good From Within #spaitgirl podcast

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  • RAJN2001
  • 24-07-22

Life changing read. Highly recommend

I think differently from this book. Great insights. Well researched with ideas to fill out from a very solid and logical foundation. I like that Pink draws on life experiences from across the world and clearly articulates the evidence base that he’s drawing on.