Dan Pink on how the “no regrets” life philosophy misses the point

There’s a moment in the 2013 comedy movie We’re the Millers that points to how pervasive – and misguided – the “no regrets” life motto has become. A character proudly displays a tattoo that reads, “no rAgrets”, and even more proudly proclaims that he really doesn’t have any regrets. Not even one letter.

Bestselling author Dan Pink highlights this scene as a great metaphor for society’s almost comical underappreciation of regret. Dan is an advocate for the transformative power of looking back on your past actions, processes and routines in order to learn from them, and do better next time.

He discusses what’s changed about his working habits since his last appearance on the show, why he was drawn to the concept of regret in the first place, and how compassion changed his whole approach to learning from past mistakes.

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Produced by Inventium

Host: Amantha Imber

Episode Producer: Liam Riordan

Sound Engineer: Martin Imber