Think Again by Adam Grant
I believe I spent roughly the first two-thirds of my life thinking and learning. Gaining intelligence. Thinking about sports and learning Algebra as a teenager. Thinking about work and learning a trade in my twenties. Thinking about family and learning to be a good dad and husband in my thirties and forties.
And then there was a shift. In my fifties, I began re-thinking and unlearning. I began re-thinking my career and unlearning what I thought I knew about success and happiness. This has continued into my sixties as I rethink my life purpose and unlearn my assumptions about health and fitness. As a result, I feel like I have now gained wisdom.
I believe that re-thinking and unlearning, as a practice, is much harder, as explored in best-selling author Adam Grant’s new book Think Again. Grant is an organizational psychologist at The Wharton School, where he has been the top-rated professor for seven straight years. His books have sold millions of copies, he has done several very popular TED talks, and he has a great podcast.
A simple example of rethinking that Grant cites early in the book involves test-taking. You are taking a multiple-choice test. You've finished the test with time left and you question some of your answers. Should you go back and change them? Seventy-five percent of us learned that revising our answers damages our grades. Are we right? A comprehensive review of 33 studies found that most answer revisions went from wrong to right.
Of course, it’s a good idea to rethink!