Dan Pink || Normalize Regret
Today we welcome Dan Pink who is the New York Times bestselling author of When, Drive, A Whole New Mind, and To Sell is Human. Dan’s books have won multiple awards, have been translated into 42 languages, and have sold millions of copies around the world. His articles and essays have also appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, Slate, and other publications. His most recent book is called The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward.
In this episode, I talk to Dan Pink about regret. Dan collected regrets from over 15,000 people across different countries and sorted them into four major categories. He shares insights from his research and shows us how to reframe regret so we can live out the rest of our lives with more authenticity and purpose. We also touch on the topics of happiness, mortality, philosophy, post-traumatic growth, and personality.
02:52 The universality of regret
05:40 Demographic differences in regrets
11:53 Free will and fatalism
15:47 What could have beens
19:13 Action vs inaction
24:12 The four core regrets
28:40 Regret done right
36:04 Debunking “No regrets”
37:59 We don’t talk enough about mortality
41:20 Deathbed regrets
42:38 Regret and gratefulness
45:40 Treat yourself with kindness
47:30 Shame, guilt, remorse
48:21 Do public figures experience more regret?