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.
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.
The book had some great stories, however it can all be summed up in the last chapter. Some of the stories and research are based upon social manipulation as much as habit. The presentation and narration were excellent, but the book was really not what I expected it to be. More then anything else, this book gave me a clear picture of how, the government, advertisers and the media manipulate people through their habits.
I am not sure I would recommend this book because it was so repetitive. The information I personally wanted to hear was not here. The reader was very good to me.
Entertaining, long, repetitive
"I smile when you smile" ~ Remrie
NA, haven't read the print.
Eloquently and thoroughly put together with comprehensive sources and references utilizing case studies and stories of individuals and institutions.
All of it. (and there is a lot)
This book pairs best with The Great Course lectures on "Scientific Secrets for Self-Control" which is a series of 6, 30 minute lectures totaling 3 hours in length. I say this pairs great, because both books miss a lot of critical nuances that can make or break the reader's ability to comprehend and implement the information in practical ways, and utilizing the lectures with this book makes for a comprehensive experience which could effectively change the world if implemented even in small ways. It's extremely powerful and should not be over looked. I'm also working on a presentation I am giving at the TransOhio Symposium in May 2016 which will utilize a lot of references and information from these two sources combined with books by VitalSmarts on influence and crucial conversations and confrontations. With any luck, I will be able to help save and improve lives for others in similar ways these resources have for me.
Learn it, comprehend it, implement it. exhibit a practice of self control to establish habits that automate your activities to free up your cognitive powers to allow you to allocate mental energy to improving the world around you and pay it forward.
Just as this book talks about keystone habits, it is very much a keystone book that bolsters the power of the invaluable information and practices of all the other books on your shelf. Utilize The Great Course lectures on self control and other topics to comprehend and implement the self control needed to make your goals a reality, and influence institutions in positive ways.
While pockets of this book are interesting and informative, it overextends the research to account for almost everything that happens in a company or our daily lives, and loses credibility in the process. I finally turned it off with two hours to go. It is a classic business book. Reduce complicated, multi-variate problems to a simple three stage 'habit loop.' This can be an enjoyable read, but is not serious scholarship.