MANOUSH ZOMORODI, HOST:
It’s the TED Radio Hour from NPR. I’m Manoush Zomorodi. On the show today, changing our minds.
OK, so let’s talk about rethinking our ideas, our principles. Adam, what have you found? Is it good for us? Can it even make us happy?
ADAM GRANT: Well, Manoush, I don’t think that rethinking always makes you happy, but failing to think again is a recipe for misery. I can’t tell you how many students I’ve had, for example, who decide, you know, like at age 3 1/2, I must be a doctor or a lawyer. And they don’t bother to question that until they’re long through med school or law school. They’re like, but I hate this, but this is my identity.
I think they’re really misunderstanding what it means to think again, right? So changing your mind does not mean you’ve abandoned your principles. It means you’ve evolved – or the world around you has evolved.
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