I generally listen to informative books - things I wouldn't necessarily read (or finish reading!). Really enjoyed this one, a little long but in the end I definitely felt like it gave me a greater sense of control over my own habits by helping me understand how they work. This helped push me to start running again and curb some bad habits. I have to admit that the narrator grated on my nerves a little in the beginning. It seems a little overacted, but I actually do think that the extra emphasis probably makes it much easier to digest when listening. Other similar books have been harder to follow. Overall a great listen!
A good approach to the science of will power.
that habits basically carve pathways in your brain that are never re-written. Rather we need to alter a component of the pathway to overcome the most deeply ingrained habits. A very powerful idea (supported by science).
I have listened to this book and the Willpower Instinct within the last 4 months. I prefer the Willpower Instinct to this though both are good books. Some of the material between the two is redundant, but that is not my basis for preference (that would be unfair -randomness of order of listening should not be a basis for a review).
This book meanders a bit and gets into some more obscure discussion, whereas Willpower Instinct moves a bit more and keeps things more engaging. The books starts well (with good concepts and science) and ends well. I do think the closing of this book is very strong. The last chapter or two are interesting and really snaps the whole science of willpower and habit into focus.
Practical, insightful, useful.
No. One should allow time to digest the information.
The book has many end of chapter notes that are not read in the audio book. They would make the audio book more complete.
Haven't read the printed version.
Predictably Unpredictable. Eventhough we like to think we are unique and in control of our behavior, the truth is we follow patterns without noticing.
Clear voice, paused reader, well enumciated performance. Made it easy to listen at 1 1/2 speed
Its not that type of book, but a lot of analysis came after various chapters
Change one habit, change your life. Read this book find out why
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.
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.
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
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."