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Pinkcast 3.09. This is how to boost your intellectual humility.

Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman once said that if he could wave a magic wand and eliminate a single human foible, here’s what he would choose:

Overconfidence.

We human beings believe we know more than we really do. We have unwarranted faith in our forecasting abilities and our intuitions.  We routinely think fast — and rarely think slow. 

But overconfidence has an antidote. It’s called intellectual humility. And the latest Pinkcast offers a simple technique for developing this quality. You can watch the 126-second video below. 

LINKS AND FURTHER READING:

  • The book mentioned in this video, one that’s worth reading in its entirety, is The Book of Beautiful Questions: The Powerful Questions That Will Help You Decide, Create, Connect, and Lead by Warren Berger. (Buy it at Amazon, BN.com, 8CR, or IndieBound.)


ONE MORE THING: Summer reading recommendation

Last week I finished the best novel I’ve read all year: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.

I’m proud to say I was a Whitehead fan long before he snagged a Pulitzer for his 2016 novel Underground Railroad. (Several years ago, I even recommended his far more obscure novel, Apex Hides the Hurt, in this very newsletter.)

But The Nickel Boys is his finest book yet. Based in part on a horrifying true story, the book tells the searing tale of a Florida reform school brimming with sadism and racial hatred — and a boy who tries to steer around the cruelty.  

Trust me: Just read it. 

The Nickel Boys (AmazonBN.comIndieBoundLibro.fm,  PenguinRandomHousePublic libraries)

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