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Think Again
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know | Adam Grant
"Think Again is a must-read for anyone who wants to create a culture of learning and exploration, whether at home, at work, or at school... In an increasingly divided world, the lessons in this book are more important than ever." --Bill and Melinda Gates The bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions and open other people's minds, which can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life Intelligence is usually seen as the ability to think and learn, but in a rapidly changing world, there's another set of cognitive skills that might matter more: the ability to rethink and unlearn. In our daily lives, too many of us favor the comfort of conviction over the discomfort of doubt. We listen to opinions that make us feel good, instead of ideas that make us think hard. We see disagreement as a threat to our egos, rather than an opportunity to learn. We surround ourselves with people who agree with our conclusions, when we should be gravitating toward those who challenge our thought process. The result is that our beliefs get brittle long before our bones. We think too much like preachers defending our sacred beliefs, prosecutors proving the other side wrong, and politicians campaigning for approval--and too little like scientists searching for truth. Intelligence is no cure, and it can even be a curse: being good at thinking can make us worse at rethinking. The brighter we are, the blinder to our own limitations we can become. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant is an expert on opening other people's minds--and our own. As Wharton's top-rated professor and the bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, he makes it one of his guiding principles to argue like he's right but listen like he's wrong. With bold ideas and rigorous evidence, he investigates how we can embrace the joy of being wrong, bring nuance to charged conversations, and build schools, workplaces, and communities of lifelong learners. You'll learn how an international debate champion wins arguments, a Black musician persuades white supremacists to abandon hate, a vaccine whisperer convinces concerned parents to immunize their children, and Adam has coaxed Yankees fans to root for the Red Sox. Think Again reveals that we don't have to believe everything we think or internalize everything we feel. It's an invitation to let go of views that are no longer serving us well and prize mental flexibility over foolish consistency. If knowledge is power, knowing what we don't know is wisdom.
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ICantImReading
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This book was a great mental chew toy! I took so many notes in my phone while listening that I want to revisit regularly, for both professional and personal inspiration. Some of my favorite thoughts were centered around the joy in being wrong, the value of task conflict and a challenge network, and how to use motivational interviewing to generate openness and flexibility on both sides of a conversation. ⬇️

ICantImReading I love the idea that as lifelong learners, we should seek to evolve, rather than affirm, our beliefs - which sometimes requires unlearning and rethinking. 🎧 1w
wanderinglynn I listened to it on audio first too & then bought a hard copy! 1w
ICantImReading @wanderinglynn I can see how it would be great to have a hard copy to reference 😊 1w
wanderinglynn Yes, I was trying to take notes while listening to the audio version & kept having to constantly rewind. I figured a hard copy would be easier. 1w
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Momma
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Gabycab1
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This definitely helped me make the best decision about my career and needed changes were done! Definitely recommended!!

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BkClubCare
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#WeeklyForecast
Top 2 left are hardcovers - the Grant is due soon from the library and the Q book is for work, Good Bones is poetry, the Clarke is audiobook ~8 hours remain at 1.6 speed,
Hood Feminism is eBook from Libby via Kindle, and the Winterson is a tradeback I got at a secondhand bookshop.
@Cinfhen

Today, Sept 26 is Key Lime Pie Day 🥧

Cinfhen Yum!!! Didn‘t know Key Lime Pie has its own day 😁 4mo
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Christine
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Great! Another excellent @Reggie recommendation (…Reggimmendation? 😁). The audiobook was good, and cute: bleeped curse words, the author smiling with his voice/chuckling, etc. But, as @wanderinglynn noted, this one begs to be highlighted, so print might have worked even better for me. Among my lessons learned:
- OMG I‘m a logic bully!
- Vaccine whisperers are a thing and why haven‘t we deployed thousands of these?!
- There‘s joy in being wrong.

Ruthiella Please make #Reggimendation a thing! 😂 4mo
wanderinglynn Yes, I second @Ruthiella to make #Reggimendation a thing! 🙌🏻 4mo
Reggie ❤️I actually picked this up because @Chelsea.Poole posted about it and then @wanderinglynn backed everything she said up. The magic ✨ of Litsy. And yes, I‘ve been trying to change my whys to how‘s. Also, I‘ve been asking a lot of people at work the matrix scenario about staying plugged into the simulation or staying out and being a billionaire in Monaco. Almost everyone said stay in. This one lady said stay in because of her daughter and this 👇🏼 4mo
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Reggie other person next to us said but your daughter‘s not real. The lady then said she‘s real to me. I thought that was touching. And then most of the young guys said billionaires. (Of course) Glad you liked it, Christine. 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Reggie so happy to spread the word about this one. I‘ve been giving this to my IRL reader friends too. Maybe little by little we‘ll change the world with this one! I know a few people who could really benefit from “thinking again”!! 😆 also yes, so much magic here 📚 ♥️ 4mo
Chelsea.Poole Also, here for the #Reggimendation 👏 4mo
Christine @Ruthiella @wanderinglynn Haha yes! Reggie's reviews/recs ARE always hashtag-worthy! 4mo
Christine @Reggie Aww yes, absolutely the magic of Litsy! I enjoyed going back and reading their reviews that I had previously missed. I love that you've been engaging with people at work around that Matrix scenario and yes, what a lovely response that woman gave! ❤ LOL to the billionaires. 4mo
Christine @Chelsea.Poole Loved your review of this (just as I always love all of your posts)! Totally agree that we'd see a lot of positive change if more of us took on many of these practices/qualities. 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Christine thank you! 🥺🥰 and ditto! Love checking out all you‘ve got going here 👏📚 4mo
Christine @Chelsea.Poole ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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Reggie
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The gist is to try and think like a scientist. Put an answer out there to try for and try to not only prove it but also disprove it and adjust accordingly based on data that may or may not change. I learned a lot. Some that would be applicable to my job and some to how I have evolving feelings towards books I read a year ago. Grant was gentle and had humor that kept me engaged. This kind of nonfiction is not my jam but this book is a pick!

Christine This kind of nonfiction IS my jam and now I want to read this one even more! Thanks for a great review (as always) and for including those ways in which you found it personally applicable! ❤️ 4mo
Reggie @Christine You would like it. He has a couple of chapters dedicated to these two teachers and their methods of teaching. It was mind blowing to someone who learned by rote and memorization. 4mo
wanderinglynn I enjoyed this one too. @Christine I had checked it out of the library & liked it so much, I ordered myself a copy so I could mark it up and take notes. (edited) 4mo
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Reggie @wanderinglynn the part about psychological safety at work really resonated. And how the less psychologically safe a workplace is the less team members care to voice opinions or ideas for fear of failure and punishment. That was just 1 of 100 things in here. 4mo
wanderinglynn Yes, that was a really interesting section. The quote that really stuck with me was in the intro: (paraphrased) we laugh at someone using Windows 95 but we still go by our opinions that were formed in 1995. 4mo
Christine Ooh that is intriguing re: teaching! You and @wanderinglynn have me rushing to Libby. 4mo
BkClubCare Just purchased this after my library loan expired. I think it will be a wonderful resource 4mo
Reggie @BkClubCare I hope you like it. It has me really rethinking some of the ways I deal with things at work. 4mo
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I‘m totally guilty of kummerspeck and shemomedjamo.

TrishB 😂😂 yep 4mo
Bookzombie Me too! 4mo
LeahBergen Oh, yes! 🤣 4mo
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TiredLibrarian "Grief bacon" ?? 4mo
vivastory 🤣 4mo
ReadingEnvy Ahhh grief bacon, a cousin to grief mac & cheese. 4mo
NikkiM5 I‘ve been on hold for this book since 20 Jul. I can‘t wait 😊 4mo
CarolynM I can totally relate to iktsuarpok - I thought that was just me😬 4mo
Reggie @CarolynM that‘s my parents when any family visits them. They go into this whirlwind of cleaning and feeling resentful about it but happy they‘re seeing family. It‘s a whole process. Lol 4mo
Reggie @NikkiM5 you‘ll like it! 4mo
Christine Grief bacon!! Finally I feel truly connected to my German heritage. 4mo
Centique @Reggie @CarolynM 🙋🏻‍♀️me too. Both the grief bacon and the guest anticipation anxiety. At least my hub has now agreed we are Never Having Another Party Here. That‘s one whole anxiety windmill of its own gone. 🙌 4mo
Reggie @Centique yayyy for never having to have another party thrown at your place. They‘re fun but sometimes the stuff before and after‘s not. 4mo
KimM Giving a party a month from now. Already anxious. Gonna need some grief bacon. 4mo
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Really enjoying this book. He does some entertaining experiments that speak to much larger truths.

Suet624 I was going to make a joke about the arrogance of Yankees fans but I‘ll hold myself back. 🤪 sincerely, a Red Sox fan. 4mo
Reggie @Suet624 Lolol 4mo
rwmg Sports fans are weird 🤷‍♂️ 4mo
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Reggie @rwmg lol, yes, today at work I read this section to a friend at work and all he had to say was- I hate the Yankees. Lol (edited) 4mo
Centique Have you seen that new Heineken advert about building bridges between opposed people? Makes me think of that. 4mo
Reggie @Centique I just went and looked it up and wow! That was powerful. I really thought that man was gonna leave the trans woman. There‘s another little experiment in here where he asks one group of fans to describe the other team‘s fans with 3 negative words. And another group the same but with 3 positive words, also. And then he tells both groups that today at the game they are testing out a new hot sauce in the opposing side‘s hot dogs. How hot 4mo
Reggie should it be? The people with just the negative words chose the hottest while the people who also came up with the 3 positive words chose milder hot sauces. 4mo
Centique @Reggie that‘s amazing. We‘re all so influenceable. 😳😳 Yes, I really thought that man was walking out in that ad too. 4mo
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wanderinglynn
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I found this book insightful and thought-provoking. Grant provides the information in a well-organized, easy to follow, and engaging way. I also appreciated that he not only encourages individuals to embrace being wrong and seek out constructive conflict, he also uses examples from his own life to illustrate his points. I feel that what I learned from this book will be applicable to many areas of my life, especially professionally.

wanderinglynn And this is book 3 for me for #superseptember readathon! @EadieB @Andrew65 4mo
SantieWantie I got a copy recently, I‘m excited to read it 4mo
wanderinglynn @SantieWantie I‘ll be interested to hear what you think. 4mo
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EadieB Great 👍🏻 job with readathon! 4mo
MelAnn I love this author! 4mo
wanderinglynn @MelAnn yes, I‘m definitely going to check out his other books. 4mo
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wanderinglynn
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“We laugh at people who still use Windows 95, yet we still cling to opinions that we formed in 1995.”

Only on page 4 and so much is resonating with current events.

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Chelsea.Poole
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Love love love this book! I wish everyone could read this and maybe the world would look different! The author encourages readers to think like a scientist, to have an open mind, and even how to (potentially!) change the mind of others. Crazy that this was written before all of the misinformation about Covid vaccines were circulating around and it fits perfectly with the current issues surrounding it. Now I need to read his other, Originals.

wanderinglynn That‘s good to hear. I just checked this out from the library. Planning on reading it this weekend! 🙌🏻 5mo
Megabooks Definitely not in sync on this one - I bailed! Glad you enjoyed it, though. 👍🏻 5mo
Chelsea.Poole @wanderinglynn hope you enjoy! I‘ve recommended this to several of my IRL reader friends and have already heard good things from them too 😊 5mo
Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks oh no! I missed your thoughts on this one. I‘m going to look for your review 😊 5mo
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Cathythoughts Looks lovely… I read & enjoyed Burnt Sugar 5mo
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Smarkies
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I appreciated the points the author put forward in the book - we can always question the assumptions we hold and we should try to make our disagreements more task related vs relationship related.
#booked2021
#newin2021

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I just realized there is a match on the cover. lol. P.S. I need to figure out why I love podcasts and can battery endure non-fiction ( or really any) audiobooks. Aren‘t they slightly longer podcasts ? 🤔 🤷🏾‍♀️

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kranthir
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This is one of those books I picked up from the front row display at the library. I don‘t usually pick up books like this. The title to be honest is so banal. Except the fact that Bill Gates recommends this, there is nothing from the cover. But as the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover. I was so intrigued after reading the first chapter that I finished it in a day. This is by far one of the best non fictions I have read lately.

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This is one of the best Adam Grant things I‘ve read. Well researched and thoughtful. It includes plenty of old and new stories about how we fall into patterns and fail to see what‘s right in front of us. Broken into 3 parts: rethinking our own views; opening other people‘s minds; creating communities of lifelong learners. I took away usable information from each section. (My key takeaway quotes are in prior posts organized by chapter.) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Ch 11
Our happiness often depends more on what we do than where we are. It‘s our actions – not our surroundings – that bring us meaning & belonging.
… passions are often developed, not discovered…entrepreneurs, the more effort they put into their start ups, the more their enthusiasm about their businesses climbed each week… passion grew as they gained momentum & mastery. Interest doesn‘t always lead to effort and skill; sometimes it follows them.

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Ch 10

How do you know? It‘s a question we need to ask more often, both of ourselves and of others.

What leads you to that assumption? Why do you think it is correct? What might happen if it‘s wrong?

What are the uncertainties in your analysis?

I understand the advantages of your recommendation what are the disadvantages?

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Ch 9.
Even captivating lectures fall short…not designed to accommodate dialogue or disagreement; They turn students into passive receivers of information rather than active thinkers.

Achieving excellence in school often requires mastering old ways of thinking. Building an influential career demands new ways of thinking.

OutAndAbout The teacher‘s natural impulse is to rescue them as quickly as possible so they don‘t feel lost or incompetent. Yet psychologists find that one of the hallmarks of an open mind is responding to confusion with curiosity and interest. One student put it eloquently: “I need time for my confusion.” 6mo
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Ch 8
Binary bias. It‘s a basic human tendency to seek clarity and closure by simplifying a complex continuum into two categories. To paraphrase the humorist Robert Benchley, there are two kinds of people: those who divide the world into two kinds of people, and those who don‘t.

…psychologists demonstrated that when news reports about science included caveats, they succeeded in capturing readers‘ interest & keeping their minds open.

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This is a common problem in persuasion: what doesn‘t sway us can make our beliefs stronger.

Summarizing: Explain your understanding of other people‘s reasons for change, to check on whether you‘ve missed or misinterpreted anything, and to inquire about their plans and possible next steps.

A good guide doesn‘t stop at helping people change their beliefs or behaviors. Our work isn‘t done until we help them accomplish their goals.

OutAndAbout Many communicators try to make themselves look smart. Great listeners are more interested in making their audiences feel smart. 6mo
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A rivalry exists whenever we reserve special animosity for a group we see as competing with us for resources or threatening our identities.

When we meet group members who defy a stereotype, our first instinct isn‘t to see them as exemplars and rethink the stereotype. It‘s to see them as exceptions and cling to existing beliefs.

OutAndAbout Ch 6. People gain humility when they reflect on how different circumstances could have led them to different beliefs. They might conclude that some of their past convictions have been too simplistic and begin to question some of their negative views. (edited) 6mo
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I often find Adam Grant to be a pompous academic. It appears though that he‘s maturing. At several points in this book, he calls himself out for biased thinking and points out where he‘s been wrong in the past. Because of that humility, I‘m enjoying this book much more than much of his earlier writing.

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They lost ground not because of the strength of their most compelling point, but because of the weakness of their least compelling one.
Most people immediately start with a strawman, poking holes in the weakest version of the other sides case. He does the reverse: he considers the strongest version of their case, which is known as the steel man.
When someone is losing control, your tranquility is a sign of strength.

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Ch 4
People are more receptive to criticism when told “I‘m giving you these comments because I have very high expectations and I know you can reach them”.
Starting a disagreement by asking “can we debate?” sends a message that you want to think like a scientist, not a preacher or prosecutor, and encourage other person to think that way too.
Agreeableness is about seeking social harmony, not cognitive consensus.

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Kahneman: he genuinely enjoys discovering that he was wrong, because it means he is now less wrong than before.
Dalio: if you don‘t look back and think “how stupid I was a year ago” then you must not have learned much in the past year.
Beugoms: I started out just wanting to prove myself. Now I want to improve myself-to see how good I can get.

OutAndAbout What makes an idea interesting is that it challenges our weakly held beliefs. When a core belief is questioned though, we tend to shut down rather than open up. 6mo
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You can be confident in your ability to achieve a goal in the future while maintaining the humility to question whether you have the right tools in the present. … What we want to attain is confident humility: having faith in our capability while appreciating that we may not have the right solution or even be addressing the right problem.

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As we think and talk, we often skip into the mindsets of three different professions: preachers, prosecutors, and politicians.

OutAndAbout If you‘re a scientist by trade, rethinking is fundamental to your profession. You‘re expect to doubt what you know, be curious about what you don‘t know, and update your views based on new data. 6mo
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CuriousG
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Celebrating the end of report card writing with a few new books 📚 This has been the most exhausting year ever. Can't wait to sit in a chair by the campfire and read! 🔥

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CampbellTaraL
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You ever want to just slap everyone around you with a book? Try this one! In all seriousness, a good read with great insight on how to feel comfortable with not knowing, being wrong, and finding joy in the freedom that comes with all of the above. I'm good with all three already, but the big help for me is how to engage with others who are definitely not at the same place with their thinking.

Tip: slapping with facts only results in failure.

Crazeedi I love the subtitle 8mo
Christine Sounds great! 8mo
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MelissaSue81
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This was so good! So interesting and thought provoking. This stuff is the reason why I was a psych major, and I still find it so fascinating.

Tamra I forgot to review this one - I agree it was really interesting! 9mo
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Floresj
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I really enjoyed the first 1/2 of this book and had a lot of thought provoking pieces of data, anecdotes and questions. Applicable to anyone, it is a quick read with a lot to discuss. The part about expert negotiators, education, and scientific thinking were my favorites.

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This is just to say that I agree with this quote about best practices. I wish I was allowed to make test prep fun and gauge the results before banning my teaching style for 6 months of the year.

BkClubCare The more fun in learning the better 10mo
BethM The quote makes a good point! As for teaching, I never would‘ve learned multiplication of my mom and turned it into a song in the car. 10mo
Crazeedi Learning should be fun!! 10mo
CoffeeK8 I don‘t agree with testing or test prep. I have taken my own child out of state testing every year. Thank you for sharing this. 10mo
CarolynM I'm with you 10mo
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Crazeedi ❤❤❤❤❤ 10mo
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reema
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It‘s okay. The book is about being open to new information and rethinking your ideas. Great. But it goes on a bit too long and becomes tedious.

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This book is giving me life from the beginning. I enjoy his writing.

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tjwill
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This book is amazing. Psychologist Adam Grant discusses the idea of “knowing what you don‘t know” by being open to learning, listening to understand, and making your values (not your opinions) the things you live by. I just finished the audiobook, but I‘m also going to buy the hardcover to reread and mark it up!

DogMomIrene This sounded good, but when I read that you‘re buying a whole other version of the boom to mark up, I‘m convinced. I only do that for the seriously great books that I want to revisit, even if that means skimming my mark ups.👊🏼 12mo
Crazeedi And after reading description I'm thinking there are many many people who need to read and learn from this book. 12mo
IamIamIam Sounds great!! I've always loved the quote, "If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room." 12mo
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tjwill @DogMomIrene 🙌🏽 I know I‘m going to revisit this one! 12mo
tjwill @Crazeedi Agreed! 12mo
tjwill @IamIamIam I love that! 12mo
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