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Feeling Wrong Feels Like Being Right

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What does it feel like to be wrong? The answer might surprise you. It feels like being right. As Kathryn Schulz explains in her wonderful book, Being Wrong, it’s similar to that moment when Wile E. Coyote has run off the cliff but hasn’t yet realized it.

11 Lessons in Unlearning

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In honor of today being 11-11-11, I am making available the first 11 of my 39 “unlearning lessons” from my new book Higher Unlearning: 39 Post-Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future. Enjoy! Unlearning Lesson #1: Knowledge Can Kill–Unlearn or Die Unlearning Lesson #2: Don’t Climb the Highest Mountain Unlearning Lesson #3: Become Uncomfortable in Your…

Miles of Unlearning

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I have been traveling a great deal lately and between trips to Newport, Rhode Island; St. John’s, Canada and Lake George, New York, I thought it would be more relaxing to stay at a Bed & Breakfast near the Green Mountains of Vermont instead of returning home to Minneapolis during my short break between speaking…

Listen with an Open Mind

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Have you ever had the experience of listening to a person mispronounce an uncommon word? It could be a city name, a medical term or even someone’s first or last name. Our default reaction is to dismiss the person because, clearly, they don’t know what they’re talking about. (If they did, they would have pronounced…

A Man Unlearns

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The following poem was written by an unknown monk living in the 11th century. It’s relevance to today is, however, undiminished. When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change…

Don’t Assume More Than You Do

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“… he has persuaded me that we can solve many of our problems as your-antibiotics.com we don’t assume that we know more than we do.” So concludes John Horgan in his insightful review of David Deutsch’s new book, The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Will Transform the World. I not only agree with the thinking behind quote, more importantly,…

The Power of Being Wrong

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Later today, I’m addressing 200 senior executives of the Allina Hospital System in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The topic of my keynote presentation is “Why Future Trends in Healthcare Will Require Unlearning.” I’ll cover a great many areas but I intend to begin my talk with a discussion about humility. There is, perhaps, no better place to…

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know!

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“When I come back, I want you to explain to me something complicated that I don’t already know.” This is the question that Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, would routinely ask people he was interviewing in the early day’s of Google’s existence. It is an excellent question–and one I have recommended before–but, as this article points out, there…

Ask a New Question

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You can learn to unlearn by visualizing information different. You can also unlearn by listening for sounds you can't hear. I'd now like to remind you that one of the best ways to unlearn is to ask a new question or, better yet, ask the same question in a different way. You might think that…

To Unlearn, Take a First Step — Barefoot

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Fresh from a lengthy vacation in Mexico, I have now returned to the bitter cold of Minnesota and am geared up for another year — and decade — of unlearning. There is perhaps no better place to begin unlearning than one of my other passions — running.   As some of you may recall, I…


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