It was helpful, but I wouldn't listen to it again. There was a lot of information that felt like "filler" to me.
The "cue and reward" pattern is helpful, as remembering it, you can condition yourself to follow through with positive habits.
I thought this was generally a good book, with some great concepts--and I believe that I will use them. The author was off on his use of the philosophies of NFL coach Tony Dungee. As a former longtime NFL player I can tell you that almost every coach tried to get their players to "react without thinking." But the author talks about it like it's a revolutionary idea. (I had a coach that had a mantra: "When you think you hurt the team.") He also made a few erroneous statements like, "Because of sloppy missed tackles, the Bucs had too many turnovers." Every casual fan knows that turnovers come from not holding the ball correctly, not missed tackles. Also, I think the book could have been reduced in content by about 40%. Stick with the main points and reduce the filler. Still a helpful read.
Understand the science behind how your mind words with practical tips on how to change. Illustrations provide good background and interest to the material.
very interesting book
thought the story may get boring because of the subject matter - how can you talk about habit for 8 hours ? But it never was boring. There was a great mixture of research, stories, and theory that kept me interested for the entire book.
He is easy to listen to and held my attention
The way he broke down habits - how they were formed, recognized & changed
Liked the way the book was divided into 3 sections to explain personal/corporate/society habits.
This is a valuable book that does contain 'how to' instructions at the end. I assume the other reviewers who say it doesn't have these details, didn't stick with it to the end. Habit is a complicated subject and the book is comprehensive in it's explanation. Some of the stories drag on where he could have cut them much shorter to get the point across. It takes a while to get through the book, but it is worth it and I highly recommend the book! I look forward to improving myself by adding some better habits to my routines!
Memorable examples of habits.
I now have a plan for making the changes I want to make in my life.
If the book just got to the points without as much story telling.
Too much story. Ideas weren't organized very well
I definitely learned about habits and was able to take away certain key points. However, in my opinion, the book read 3 times longer than it should of to make those points
It actually has next to no content dealing directly with integrating this into your life. Lots of information, scientific data, examples, stories, etc, but not much directly aimed at using it to your own advantage. An interesting book, just not what I was expecting.
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I found the first half of this book to be more interesting than the second half. I will say that it did NOT read like a textbook, which is a big positive. The author used interesting and contemporary (for the most part) stories and anecdotes to support his points.
This book also gives some insight into the marketing strategies that consumers are bombarded with on a daily basis. If you want to read more along those lines, I also recommend "How We Decide."
I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.
I have been studying habits and teaching people about habits for many years. I was hopeful that this book would help add to my knowledge and improve the courses I teach. Unfortunately, there wasn't much that was new or interesting in this book.
Before I talk about the book itself, I think it's important to mention the narration. I hadn't listened to any other books read by Mike Chamberlain (although "The Signal and the Noise" is on my wishlist), but I wasn't overly thrilled with his performance. Sure, he did a fine job reading the book, but his tone was someone annoying. Many, many times, I felt as if I was being spoken to as one would speak to an elementary school student. Perhaps he thought that the content was challenging, which could have prompted him to speak as he did. I did not think that the content was challenging, so I found his narration to be almost condescending. I am hopeful that he does not speak like that in other books that he narrates.
The book is divided into three main sections. The first section, which is by far the most interesting, is about the habits of individuals. In this section, the author talks about the habit loop (i.e., what creates a habit), how to create new habits, and how to change existing habits. These were great topics, and the examples were helpful. If I had stopped reading at the end of this section, I think I would have given this book five stars. Of course, I did not stop reading--and the book went slowly downhill.
The second section is about the habits of successful organizations. Even though I have a tremendous interest in how habits can change organizations, I didn't find a lot of actionable advice in this section. The author discusses some of our most important habits, which he calls Keystone Habits, and how businesses can both predict our actions and manipulate them to increase profits. In some ways, I felt as if this section was more of a cautionary tale about the invasion of personal privacy, the misrepresentation of facts in marketing, and the breaking of willpower. With this section, the author seems to have taken a darker look at how habits can be used against us--but doesn't offer any suggestions about how we can protect ourselves. (I suppose that I would have loved this section if I were a corporate marketing executive.) And then, it gets even darker...
The third section of the book is about the habits of society. I can summarize this entire section in four words: Beware of peer pressure. At this point in the book, the author isn't really even talking about habits anymore. Instead, he seems to address how societal conventions shape our behavior. The books gets rather disturbing as topics like gambling addiction, sleep walking, sleep terrors, and even murder are discussed in terms of "habits." I really struggled to find anything terribly useful in this section. (Although, I am now confident that I can commit murder, blame it on sleepwalking, and get off without any conviction. What a horrible thought!)
If you are interested in studying habits, creating new habits, or changing your existing habits, read the first section of the book. You can skip the rest.
Transfer of actual business stories
True events and successful business moves
Great to know how our good and bad habits are structured.
So far? It's the best!
The real-life stories behind the points the author makes are what helped me fully understand how this works in practice.
The narrator made this big story enjoyable from beginning to end.
As stated in my title, the author gives readers a method to analyze and find out what truly motivates their habits. But the most important discovery for me was not that you can change A habit after much work and discipline. It was that if you focus on one habit, your efforts will impact other elements of your life, work, company, etc. The greatest example for me was the new Alcoa CEO deciding to focus on worker safety. At first, shareholders were shocked that this "bozo" didn't say he was going to "increase shareholder value, bla, bla". But ... I won't spoil it for you. You will realize that changing your life doesn't have to be a colossal job. Just change one habit and let the domino effect happen.