I am a technical software executive with a passion for fantasy, self improvement and action literature. As life forced itself on me I found less and less time to read so when I found audible it was a great match! I listen mostly in the car or while walking the dog. I can tell I'm listening to a great book when I find myself volunteering to run errands or walk the dog for the third time that day.
Some of the information in this book is insightful on a personal level. However, on a business level the stories and examples, while interesting, did not relate to the subject of habits. After the first few chapters, it appeared more like a collection of stories loosely related than a single book working toward a recommendation/conclusion/summary.
Not sure I would recommend.
Parts were good but most was over reach. The idea that we create routines and tend to exeecute them is good and interesting. However, the definition of habit and reward get stretched beyond recognition. As an example the use Michael Phelps as an example, He has a set routine he does before a race. It is suggested the reason he wins is he follows this pattern. However, it is clear that there are a lot of swimmers who swim against him with there own habits and probably very similar but who do not win. A better case would be to talk about his habit of training. The book is an example of when you have a hammer everything looks like a nail. In this case everything looks like a habit.
I am an engineer!
In the first section (downloads in two parts), the authors talk about 12 step programs and the power of little actions and belief in changing lives, as well as how the brain forms habits and responds to stimuli. That part was great and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The second part lost composure a little and I felt was reaching a little too much to make connections between the author's stance and reality.
He sometimes reads with "voices" that make the listen a little easier.
Small changes to one's life can pave the way for a better lifestyle.
Very very long stories, often repeating, not very well written and unrealistic.
If you need content to be included in long stories and this in often repeating sequence, then this is the right audio book for you!
If you want to have it to the point, then it is a huge time investment... for a few little (very interesting) points.
It is a very interesting topic - of high relevance for me, but much too boring to listen to.
Half the time, no need for obviously self created story lines and come much more to the point.
I was repetitive with the business and media examples of habit study.
I wish it would have had more on personal habit change and identification.
Great book and great reader. Used some of it's suggestions to quit chewing my nails at 57 for 3 weeks now.
The stories of real people, corporations and studies were inspiring and often shocking.
Just listening to this book drove me to start a gym regimen, improve the habits of my Board of Directors, and change many mistakes that I was making in my approaches to living a more productive life!
The story never got going. It did not provide answers or even suggestions. Nothing more then a collection of semi interesting anecdotes.
I loved that this book had so many examples and stories that really illustrated the points.
The fact that habits are in a different part of the brain than memories.
I enjoyed the book and learned a lot about how important it is to identify my good and bad habits and determine if there is a need to adjust them. The book gives a step by step look into how habits are formed so you feel empowered to know how to at least try to make improvements to your current habits.
I only remember disagreeing with two examples in the book: 1. When the author talked about the legislation passed under President Obama in times of a crisis, he sounded a little too much in 'awe' of what was passed by him. I think the legislation passed early on had more to do with the house and senate being under a democrat majority in addition to a democrat President, so Obama just had to sign what came to his desk. With a republican house, Obama has shown zero ability to show leadership to get anything big passed. 2. The author went into an example of a casino gambler that lost big time due to bad habits, but he spent way too much time defending the addicted gambler making it sound like it wasn't her fault. It became a bit confusing after sticking up for the gambler for so long that the author actually finally admitted at the end of the chapter that addicts of gambling should take personal responsibility. (I have a feeling he didn't mean it though; probably the editor strongly encouraged him to write out what most responsible people were dying to hear. It took too long to get to that statement, so by then the personal responsibility statement seemed forced).
Other than those two examples, I felt that this book was a positive with lots of knowledge and entertainment and I appreciate the new skills of examining my habits that I picked up!