Cool stories on the power of habits (positive and negative), but not enough on how to change and manage habits...
easy to follow
Yes and no, if you like excellent and well documented stories on habits that affect our lives, society, etc, it's excellent, but if you're looking for a book to change and master your habits, it's limited to one chapter and the appendixes.
I might listen again in a few months or a year - to refresh my knowledge.
The use of neuroscience to explain habits.
Well...I just listen to books when commuting to work - and I also read a paper copy of the book at home. So...convenience?
The act of thinking about why I do something before I do it.
This is a great book that is well-read and useful. Some of the stories get a little too much attention, but I'm more interested in the techniques and science personally.
Fastest listen yet.
The story was really interesting. It was inspiring without being preachy. There was good science behind it without being too technical. Good writing and good reading.
Not many characters were involved. He is an excellent reader though.
I think it will help me to do unhealthy things much less and healthy things much more.
Citing medical examples
Would give away the story
Read it if you are a manager of people, a social worker, a psychologist, or generally interested in why we form and practice habits
This book was a completely eye-opening experience. Now that I have finished this book it has completely brought new awareness to my life and my habits. I am deeply thankful to have gone through it. HIGHLY recommended.
Kindle Book Lover
Absolutely! It's one of those books that filled with not-so-common common sense.
I was particularly annoyed with his "acting" the voices of those described in this book. Especially because he's male and they are female. It's fine in fiction, but not here.
Throughout there are "aha" moments that help you get the author's points.
We all have habits -- both good and bad. If only we knew how we got here, we'd be able to bring out the best in ourselves.
But this is easier said than done, at least for most of us. Which is why as we age perhaps, we give up on ourselves in certain areas, e.g. drinking or eating too much, not exercising enough, not spending enough time being there for ones we love... the list goes on.
This book in my view helps you restore that hope. It helps you take back ownership on the little, but many habits that predominate our every day lives, by helping us rationally understand them.
It also goes further to offer implications on how habitual patterns have an impact on real business strategy, organizational dynamics (a.k.a. workplace politics!), or just plainly how a "group think" forms.
Very insightful take-aways. Extremely robust case studies with good reasoning driving the overall synthesis.
My top must-read from 2012. Excellent as we still have chance to catch up on our new year's resolutions. ;-)
David from HK.
One of the best books I have ever listened since I join Audible.
There is plenty of interesting stories
This is the first Mike Chamberlai's performance I heard
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.