I consider this book to be the third part of an unofficial trilogy of related books: The Tipping Point, Made to Stick, and The Power of Habit. All three look into trends or habits, but each from a different angle. Tipping Point examines the WHY behind trends. Made to Stick, the WHAT behind trends & habits. But this book is the HOW to shape habits.
There is a significant research overlap between Made to Stick & The Power of Habit, so if you've read the former, you'll recognize a couple of stories in the latter. But get it anyway, because this is the best of the bunch.
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Learning that there are malleable behaviors that I previously found untenable.
The referencing of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky's work.
Inflections that make it a quicker understanding in particular sections.
I went into this not wanting to use it as a method of changing habit, but came out convinced I can reduce consumption using what I have heard here!
This is a perfectly sound scientific book. I suggest everyone purchase this. Not only will it open your mind to new ideas, it will lead you in the right direction for future picks.
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.
Great book! I learned about keystone habit shift, transforming a habit, why habit is impotant, how to fight the habit, look for cues for a habbit to enter and whow they influence behavior, habit loops, rewards, cravings, Phelp's Mental visualization, self discipline and will power, goals settings, ...
I enjoyed it a lot. Three days and it was gone.
I looked at my life-- my mistakes and the wright doings. And i had to agree with the author. Habits matter more than we know.
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.
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