Showing us how to change our own habit behavior.
I purchased this book so that I could see about changing my own habits. This book drones on with example after example of how habits are formed but really says nothing about changing them. This book reads like someone thesis project in college including adding extra text to make the book thicker. Examples that could be written in about a paragraph go on and one for ever. Case studies that are 45 mins long just to make one small example.
I usually force myself to listen to a book all the way through. I was about 75% done with this book when I just had to stop listening. I found myself in traffic yelling "Get on with it" and "ok I get the concept" I picked a few useful ideas up but it could have been a small informational flyer and not a book.
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.
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.
Too much detail about the personal lives of characters presented to illustrate a point; could have gotten faster to the fact or point of the story.
The individual habit analysis is good, but I think the author loses the plot by trying to address group behavior. Worth a listen, but I wish there was a little more analysis of individual habits and changing them rather than trying to tackle organizational behavior, which is a different topic and doesn't seem connected to the individual behavior described in the definition and explanation of "habit" earlier in the book.
Really enjoyed the concepts discussed in this book and it is worth a listen. I felt the story lacked cohesion and wandered at times. Overall great story which left something to be desired in execution of concepts.