There is good information in this book - how habits form independently of conscious memory - but it is also full of ridiculous anecdotes that have nothing to do with habit, in fact don't support the premise of the book in any way. The Montgomery bus boycott? I don't think prejudice is a bad habit. Medical error? That was the antithesis of a habit problem - a written procedure needed to be developed and followed. This read like a high school paper, with an inexperienced writer trying to fit references to the central thesis.
The book needed way more neuroscience and way less filler. You just can't learn much about forming, following, and breaking habits by giving these random examples.
The narrator was awesome, his voice was very expressive in a natural way. The speed was perfect and was easy to follow.
The whole story about Febreeze's failure and it's rise to success.
I think that the whole forcing myself to pay attention to what I'm doing daily so that I can break habits and build newer better ones
People who like hearing of other people's experiences.
Put more life in it.
Some stories were interesting.
I tuned out before finishing the book. It did not hold my interest.
I love the research behind the ability to change our habits. It also helps you begin to become more self-aware of your habits, many you didn't even realize you had.
Historically and culturally fascinating work, including aspects of the advertising world. Many anecdotes that underscore the concept that the cues, behaviors, and rewards are much more a part of our daily lives than we have ever imagined.
How I might modify habits, both my own and those of others.
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who wants to gain greater insight into why we do what we do. It reinforces, for me, why change is difficult (it's hard work and an involved process), but that we can change. If you are interested in the science behind why change happens, this book gives you that information through stories that make it easy to understand for the non-scientific person (me!).
The Power of Habit is like many self-help books about how to create significant change your life. This book, however, gives a lot more of the 'nuts and bolts' of change.
Looking to reinvent myself.
The way that they tied habit formation and the daily life was life altering.
I learned the ways to try to change a habit or adopt a new habit. Habits are not easy to break, but if you understand the ques and rewards, it is possible to change. I have also learned to see habits in other people.
Take perhaps 60 minutes worth of relevant information and then s-t-r-e-t-c-h it out over 12 or so hours with useless fluff. Unless you have amazing patience, I'd strongly pass on this book. "Outliers" is a far better choice if you are looking for a way to understand human behavior.
I found this book fascinating as it is supported by science rather than the feel good, will power approach to habits. I put the information I learned into practice and got back on track with working out every day for over a year. Even through the long dark Alaskan winters, I have continued working out because I established a trigger that solidified the habit that has become so automatic that I don't even think about it anymore.
I would suggest this book to people who wish to change how they live by making their goals automatic to what they do. People who change their habits to align with their new goals will find it much easier to get there. This book is a great way to understand why we do what we do and how to alter that.
My favorite character was the narrator, Mike Chamberlain. He kept the whole thing both interesting and made me feel like he had wrote the book.
It is funny, it seems the entire book is just a lead in to the appendix at the end where it tells you how to spot your habits cues, the routines and the rewards. However the entire book is great to listen to.