Regular readers of my blog (my wife and three sons) know that I have featured Dan Pink quite often in my blog. Dan started a series of bi-weekly Pinkcasts a few years ago, and I believe I have featured every one of those Pinkcasts.
I have also read nearly all of Dan’s books (I consider A Whole New Mind one of the best books I have ever read), and his TED Talk on motivation is one of the most-watched TED talks and one I have shown in my classes multiple times over the years.
I’ve always thought Dan has been one of the most generous authors and speakers, often sharing the works of others through his Pinkcast videos.
So that is why I am happy to share the news about Dan’s latest book on Regrets.
As Dan notes in the Pinkcast video below, the book is split into three parts:
Part One – Regret Reclaimed
In this section, the goal is to get you to look at regrets differently, not as something unusual, but as something that is extremely common. 50 years of science tells us that everyone has regrets, and if we treat them properly, they can help us become a better person.
Part Two – Regrets Revealed
This section looks at the 16,000 regrets Dan collected from people around the globe – 105 countries to be exact. The analysis reveals that people have the same four core human regrets. If we understand what people regret most, we can then understand what they value the most and offer a path to a life well-lived.
I was one of the 16,000 people worldwide who shared their biggest regret in response to Dan’s request. Here is what I wrote:
My regret is that I did not make more of an effort to become friends with my work colleagues. I’ve worked at the same place for more than 30 years, and I would not consider anyone I work with to be a close friend. You know, the kind of person you would call up when you were struggling with something or someone to go grab a beer with at the last minute.
Part Three – Regret Remade
This section offers advice on what to do with your regrets: how to undo some past regrets; how to forget certain regrets; how to look back on your most important regrets so that you can extract lessons you can apply in the future, how to anticipate regrets so that you don’t make the same mistakes again.
Here is the Pinkcast:
*image from AllEventsInHarrisburg
The book will be available on February 1…