The Power of Regret

How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward
# 8min reading / 13min listening time
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We live in a world where many people extol the benefits of living regret-free. The theory behind this ethos is that to live without regrets means we accept that every action we have taken has led us to where we are and who we are today. The concept is so prevalent that many people burn the phrase, “no regrets” onto their bodies as a tattoo. Author Daniel Pink, in his newest book, The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward, confronts this idea, and comes to the conclusion that regrets, properly conceptualized and utilized, are actually beneficial and can point us to what we need to do in order to live the good life.

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