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The best-selling author of Give and Take and Originals 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 recent months, the pandemic has forced us all to reevaluate our assumptions about health and safety and multiple acts of police brutality have challenged most of us to reconsider our responsibility for fighting racism. Yet in our daily lives, too many of us still 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. Intelligence is no cure, and it can even be a curse: there's evidence that being good at thinking can make us worse at rethinking. The brighter we are, the blinder we can become to our own limitations. 

As an organisational psychologist, Adam Grant has spent his career exploring how we can open other people's minds - and our own. As Wharton's top-rated professor and the number one New York Times best-selling author of Originals and Give and Take, one of his guiding principles in life is arguing like he's right but listening like he's wrong. 

With bold ideas and rigorous evidence, he investigates how we can embrace the joy of being wrong, harness the surprising advantages of impostor syndrome, bring nuance into charged conversations about abortion and climate change, 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 anti-vaxxers to immunise their children, and how 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 internalise everything we feel. It's an invitation to let go of views that are no longer serving us well and prize mental flexibility, humility and curiosity over foolish consistency. If knowledge is power, knowing what we don't know is wisdom.

©2021 Adam Grant (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • RM
  • 25-02-21

interesting and surprising at few places

Adam Grant has an interesting way of narrating stories.. although most of his findings were not new and we know at the back of our minds but it's always good to clearly being them up in your concious mind. Donot miss his 30 point summary in the epilogue.

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A book that grows on you and makes you rethink

I simply loved this book. When I started listening , I was about to leave at the end of second chapter but I am glad I continued. This book grows on you and Adam shares deep practical insights and suggestions around the importance of rethinking in life. After listening to this, I don't think I will ever ask my son what would you like to become when you grow old :-). Go for this book and you won't regret it.

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great reading, especially during elections

I hadn't really read any books on human psychology before because I thought they were dull and boring. But when I gave this book a shot after my uncle recommended it to me, I experienced something Adam Grant talks about in this incredible book: "the joy of being wrong."
Think again is a wonderful and practical book about how we can rethink our views, overcome biases and be more effective communicators while having conversations. Adam Grant teaches us various ways of doing this by giving us personal anecdotes or quoting studies with other people in many different situations and talking about how they overcame or could have overcome the challenges they faced. He draws insights from all these examples and experiences and condenses them into simple actionable techniques that we can incorporate into our daily lives. The author doesn't shy away from writing about his own shortcomings and biases in this book and also talks about how he used some of these ideas to improve his own life. While reading this book I felt that the author wanted us to learn with him, rather than from him.
I believe this book should be read by everyone, especially in today's world of fake news and polarization.

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Worth a listen.

Nice hear from the Author itself.
Sensible meta suggestions on how to rethink about different aspects of our life.

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Not path breaking but worth walking the path

Nothing extraordinary but good insights into developing a process of rethinking. I found a lot of overlap in examples from other books. May be that dimmed the light for me.

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Think again- a necessity in current environment

very relevant book considering the changes and the speed at which the world around us is changing. Best part is that the book is clearly demarkated into three parts focussing on individual rethinking, installing rethinking to other person and thoughts on Group rethinking. worth reading and applying.

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Easy flow of thoughts

Great read. what made it enjoyable is the practical approach to rethinking and unlearning.

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Excellent

This book is a masterpeice in all sense. In the age when were bombarded with information, facts and false facts we hardly take time to evaluate and think this information, this book opens our minds to rethink this information

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Got me (re)thinking

Fantastic book, makes me think rethinking is such a good thing. Thinking like a scientist is so much better than sticking to our views.

I recommend this book to everyone.

Hearing from the author’s voice for me is way better than reading in my own voice. Thanks Adam.

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Although people may find this book interesting on personal front I have not liked it much.

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  • Johan
  • 13-05-21

Provoking and colourful

It is good practical look at how you can redefine your thinking, yourself and your influence.

Adam Grant also conveys his intended humour brilliantly through the reading!

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  • J. Cochrane
  • 02-05-21

The antidote to a polarised world

Great to hear the author present his research and ideas in his own voice and own emphasis. And I especially appreciated this was not about being right but how to advance and progress wisdom - both individually and collectively.

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  • mcleansibanda
  • 28-04-21

Think Again

loved it - learned a few things and highly recommended for leaders in times of uncertainty and change

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  • Carsten Korch
  • 24-03-21

Adam Grant has done it again!

I’ve read (listened) all of Adam’s books and as usual he not only enlightened me, but he also reminded me of the importance to stop up and RETHINK what I (we) do to ensure we’re not just running with “business as usual”, but always are looking for the best and optimized solution.

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  • Steve
  • 24-03-21

Life is complex

Grant has helped me understand the complexity of life and taught me to be a more active listener; now to make it a habit.
See complex problems through a prism, not as two sides of a coin.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-21

Best book I’ve read this year!

Think again taught me so much about the thinking process and how we operate in our life. With scientific insights, this book is like binge-watching a TED talk series! A MUST read for everyone. That’s it. Go, get it!
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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-02-21

A Great Conversation

Listening to Adam Grant always feels like a really good conversation to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the topics in the book and even though not all of it was new to me, sometimes it's enough to hear old truths in a new perspective. I would recommend this book to any person who wants to have a more fulfilling life and wants to be open to possibility.

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  • John
  • 18-02-21

Genuinely thought provoking

Unable to imagine anyone who couldn’t benefit from this book. A really positive and constructive way in what we truly should prioritise in our approach to both thinking and learning

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-03-21

Could've been a blog

Concepts are very simple, basically exactly as the title reads. Think again by using questions and a different attitude

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  • M. Mubanga
  • 02-04-21

Excellent

Learned a lot from this book and would recommend it to my friends and network

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  • Mrs. S. J. Boni
  • 10-05-21

Great concept if not his best work

I found the overall idea extremely interesting and a lot of the suggestions really useful. As a piece of work it did not seem as well structured or strong as some of his previous work.

Paradoxically I think the base premise will endure, evolve and become stronger over time. Surely there will be rewrites

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-21

Quite alot of waffle. enjoyed the conclusion

all points are in the conclusion. wish I'd just listened to that. Another of small miniature stories with not alot of structure.

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  • lukeclark
  • 06-05-21

Adam Grant at his best

A superb and timely book — based on what I can see around me at least, this book, like ‘Give and Take’ before it, has the potential to create a movement. Caution: there’s more in here to absorb than a single listen. Think Again and buy the paper book too!

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  • Mr Jeremy J Osborn
  • 29-04-21

When your a mile away!

The adage goes that you should walk a mile in someone else's shoes, then you'll be a mile away and have their shoes! Whilst funny it could suggest avoiding the difficult conversations. This book gives you some strategies to have those conversations, step outside your comfort zone allow yourself to gain fulfillment from rethinking.

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  • Inna
  • 09-04-21

Well written, but the content is trivial and boring

The book is well written and all ideas are presented with thoroughly researched examples, which I like. However the content is way too trivial for me. I am not overly self confident person, prefer healthy arguments and always open to criticism, so the concepts provided in this book are not new to me. It would probably be beneficial to some narcissistic and stubborn people who are overly confident.

I haven’t find anything I don’t know in this book and I found it uninspiring and a bit of a waste of time, hence, only two stars. I couldn’t give it less than two stars because I can see the author put a lot of effort in finding and researching the evidence, so he at least should have some credit for that.

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  • demanda
  • 04-04-21

Thought provoking

Some content a rehash but generally interesting and food for thought, which is one of my asks of any book.

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  • Kiki Clapham
  • 01-04-21

An eye opener

Like he says, it doesn’t tell you what to think but rather to constantly ask what it is you’re learning and how to question things in a healthy way. Really recommend !!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-21

Hold your horses!

Great book- I’m going to read again to extract more finite details.
The reason i said ‘hold your horses’ is because there is early mention, of God. And if you’re like me, you dont want to read a Bible bashy book. But ‘hold your horses’ don’t stop reading/ listening, it’s one mention and is not bible based. It’s scientific and physical.
Thanks.

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  • Max Lanning
  • 08-02-21

Loved it

The journey Adam Grant takes you on as he explores the importance of thinking again has it all. Through compelling stories he reveals useful career, business and self-help concepts, to help you avoid catastrophe and enjoy the process of thinking things over again.

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  • Simon Gusah
  • 08-02-21

Thinking again about Think Again

Adam Grant has a great storytelling approach. There again, I might need to think again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-21

Rethinking a life learnt

Adam is an exceptional tinkerer, and think again helped me gain perspective in my life of business, family and mental health. Not only will it help you navigate your internal monologue, but it will show you that the direction of flow only needs to be one rethink away from a successful pivot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-03-21

A collection of stories with little depth

I really wanted more out of this book. It's a collection of brisk ideas and short stories rather than a step by step method of how to re-think. If your looking for something a bit more scientific or methodical look elsewhere.

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  • Millet
  • 11-05-21

Requires Warning Symbol - 'Change Imminent'

What a refreshing, revealing and imperative read. Throughout the book you are challenged to revisit and understand your own concepts, beliefs and practises. Very hard to pause as each new idea, concept and challenge is discussed - bit like an onion. Oh to be a student in one of his lectures - failing that this is a brilliant alternative.
You WILL NOT finish the book in the same mindset you commenced it.

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  • Vahid Pourghadiri
  • 30-04-21

Great catalyst for recalibration

First listened to Adam’s interview with Debbie Millman. Became fascinated with his approach and this book certainly didn’t disappoint.
It’s packed with nuggets to help unleash thinking and debate.

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  • David
  • 26-04-21

Rethinking now as I write this review

Really enjoyed listening to this book! It has helped me to rethink about my career and what I want to do in life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-04-21

Challenging!

In a world where we have so many preconceived ideas of what’s right and wrong, good and bad ... and are fed conflicting opinions 24/7, it is almost essential for us to learn an effective way to question our own opinions, just so we don’t go mad!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-04-21

This is horrible

I don’t understand how this book has such good reviews…

It is a collection of pointless short stories, That if you have been around long enough you would likely already be familiar with. Yes they can be a little tantalising, but the analysis is so shallow you’ll be left largely unsatisfied.

Adam Grant acts as a role of debater, looking at various cases from each side of the bench, but moves on to the next story before any substances reached. All examples are Presented as if they are revolutionary insights, it’s like Listening to a student read out their high school essay.

I got half way before I had to give up. I normally can listen to anything and see it all the way through, but not this.