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Just In! The Joy of Being Wrong

February 17th, 2021












What’s hot?

A new book, by Adam Grant, Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know  (Viking, 2021) warns of the dangers of getting trapped in a beginner’s bubble of flawed assumptions – where you don’t know what you don’t know.

So what?

Fast growth can promote a false sense of mastery.  According to Grant, “That jump starts an overconfidence cycle, preventing us from doubting what we know and being curious about what we don’t.” 

What to do? 

Three of Grant’s recommendations:

  1. Identify at least one reason why you could be wrong. Think about things that could happen that would disprove your approach or solution.
  2. Find and listen to a handful of people who will give you honest feedback without fear.
  3. “Think more like a scientist performing an experiment and less like a preacher or politician defending your ideas,” says Grant. “Consider your own conclusions and theories as provisional.”

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