charles duhigg has made the ivy league rounds
yale B.A. / harvard M.B.A. / now New York Times
i suspect he is a very, very bright young man
most of his observations however seem a little hollow
they consistently betray the aroma of a business school bias
"...hey ! once you figure this out you can make more $..."
he is plowing the same field as other more talented writers
what those other authors have might be called depth or soul
mr. duhigg's intellect is dazzling but changing a habit takes more than that
he would do well to re-read bill wilson the founder of AA
if anyone ever understood the good and bad power of habits it was him
wilson would argue that we are fundamentally paradoxical beings
"... how privileged we are to understand so well the divine paradox...
that strength rises from weakness; that humiliation goes before resurrection;
that pain is not only the price but the very touchstone of spiritual rebirth..."
changing a habit is not some intellectual MBA formula
the latest functional MRI scan will never answer the entire question
it all begins when we accept the basic, painful, broken of ourselves
This is the first book I ever listened to, and I must say that I am totally hooked now. The information in this book will really give you insight into the mind and why you do what you do. I absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants to break a habit of any kind.
His voice tone and the way he read the story. He emphasized points that were important.
No. I was anxious to hear every word. I didn't skip anything.
Yes, I think if you understand how your habits control you, you will be better able to break bad habits and create good habits.
The take away that you can be in control of your habits rather than be a slave to them.
The performance was fine. Well paced, proper inflection with a hint of humor in the right places.
An Audio Book Junkie...
Pretty good as far as a quasi-self-help and educational book
I actually love the story about Febreeze, and how they had to change the way they marketed it according to ones habit.
The way he read it made the book pretty interesting.
No not really.
Great read... something you would have to listen to more than once.
Yes. Great stories. Makes me think of why I do some of the things I do.
There are cues to a habit. Finding the cue is hard.
The book does an amazing job combining both the scientific causes and the biology of human habit with interesting stories that encompass the huge range of uses that the control of human habit can help. I would recommend this book to everyone, especially anyone in business or marketing, it might seem simple, but the simple ideas are put in a way that shows you how amazing and powerful human habits can be
Life-changing, thought-provoking, inspiring
There is a thought at the end of the book that goes something like this:
Today I choose to use my free will to believe in free will.
It inspired me to believe that our negative habits are not our destiny and that we can choose our habits and therefore influence our own lives.
I liked the first part of the book which explained that you should look for your habit loops in order to change habits.
That we choose our habits.
I got this because I, like every other yuppie out there, am trying to change bad habits. The book was vague help on personal habit change, but for the most part, it reads like a series of essays about various things, forced under the purview of habits. Some of the things are people changing bad habits (the first part stayed on point nicely but ends too quickly), other things are primarily about management practices and how to control workplaces. There's a lengthy section on modern management and employee satisfaction that is crudely crammed into "habit change".
The frustrating thing is the book doesn't give clear methods to keep you on track in the very tough practice of habit change. He offers his solution: Cue to perform habit, Repeat the habit, Reward the habit. Once. The issue is, he doesn't go into the second step as deeply as he needs to; repeating the habit. Repetition, no matter what, is the only way to ingrain new habits into our lives. It's the "no matter what" that is the hardest part of habit change, and he offers absolutely no guidance on this difficult, difficult stage. This book is as unsatisfying and frustrating as Mark Bittman's Cheese Biscotti video. I am such a yuppie.
I can't believe this made one of "The Year's Best". I'd put it in the lukewarm category.
Listening to this book gave me the idea for small changes in my business of 10 employees that have improved the culture of our office. A small simple change has carried over in all areas.
interesting, engrossing, useful
The woman who is a compulsive gambler is a very interesting case. I just find her situation pitiable and the analysis insightful.
Pace, clarity, gives the subjects life.
The continual programming of the human brain.