It is an empowering look at habits, how we form them and how to form them.
A very helpful look at habits and why the saying "old habits are hard to break" is true, but that they can be changed
Good application to both life and work. The author goes deep on select memorable stories to provide a few solid and interesting points in each chapter. I listen to a lot of self-improvement and business books and found myself very engaged.
Ranks in the top ten audiobooks I've listened to.
The clear examples and break down of how the brain works regarding habits.
The story about the metal fabrication company that became widely successful due to the new CEO's insistance that the keystone habit of workplace safety would change everything.
This book provides ideas and research that can be quickly incorporated into your professional and private life. Our habits dictate so much of life.
I loved the wide range of examples and applications. This book was motivating without being cheesy, straightforward without being obvious. Listening to it felt like getting in on a good secret, especially the sections about marketing. I keep referencing it to all my family and friends . . . definitely worth your time.
Discusses the essence of what creates habits and reinforces them so you can understand and reshape your own. Explains that habit is much more powerful than willpower or cognitive skill because it is faster and automatic. Does a brilliant job of explaining what is old knowledge that is still true and what the latest research tells us about how to create habits that support our desired outcomes. Illustrates with good stories that make the concepts more concrete and usable.
Goes off on tangents such as "Social Habits" and how they can form to enact social change such as the civil liberties movement. While the material is interesting and powerful, I disagree that these Social Habits are really habits in the same sense that the author explains in the first half of the book.
Instead, I wish that Duhigg had spent those pages providing a workbook with step by step sections for selecting habits to change, dissecting the old habits and developing the new ones. All this material is in the first half of the book but it is not placed into a actionable plan that is easy to follow. He explains that the 12 step programs work because of the principals explained in the first half of the book but knowing the material in the book, there are opportunities to improve on 12 step programs.
Yes. The author was knowledgeable and had the ability to convey complex scientific findings in ways that the layman can understand and use.
Brings individual testimonials to life by providing alternate voicing styles for these contributors.
The best way to end a bad habit is to replace the response to the associated trigger stimulus. For example, when I am stressed, my habit response is to think "I am hungry" and then I proceed to overeat. Using the techniques in this book, I substitute "I am hungry" with "I am thirsty" when I feel stressed. This is just as effective at calming my nerves but is far healthier.
Tell us about yourself!
I do believe people are motivated to do certain things or commit specific actions. We could call this a habit. The topics discussed in the book don't show any revelation or breaking ground discovery. The stories told do reflect determination in oneself and how to achieve your goals. If you want to wrap this up in a neat bow and call it a habit - then so be it. I did enjoy the book and do recommend it. The part discussing our shopping habits was very interesting. If anything its a book about what makes us human.
Something different. It's interesting to know how strongly our habits affect our daily lives.
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.