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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business | [Charles Duhigg]

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Change is hard, or is it? In The Power of Habit, New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg examines just how people and institutions undergo transformation: by changing habits. Narrator Mike Chamberlain (Moonwalking with Einstein) brings just the right mix of objectivity and conviction for a fascinating, life-changing look on how to change. —Diana M.

Publisher's Summary

A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.

Marketers at Procter & Gamble study videos of people making their beds. They are desperately trying to figure out how to sell a new product called Febreze, on track to be one of the biggest flops in company history. Suddenly, one of them detects a nearly imperceptible pattern - and with a slight shift in advertising, Febreze goes on to earn a billion dollars a year.

An untested CEO takes over one of the largest companies in America. His first order of business is attacking a single pattern among his employees - how they approach worker safety - and soon the firm, Alcoa, becomes the top performer in the Dow Jones.

What do all these people have in common? They achieved success by focusing on the patterns that shape every aspect of our lives. They succeeded by transforming habits.

In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

Along the way, we learn why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight. We visit laboratories where neuroscientists explore how habits work and where, exactly, they reside in our brains. We discover how the right habits were crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil-rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. We go inside Procter & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, and the nation’s largest hospitals, and see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, life and death.

At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.

Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

©2012 Charles Duhigg (P)2012 Random House, Inc.

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    Tom Jones 03-18-15
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    "Great Stories But Hard To Apply"

    First of all, the narrator was great. Very listenable voice. The stories that illustrate the main points of the authors thesis are good to great. Some are more interesting than others. Early on, though, I had to up the playback speed to 2x so I wouldn't bang my head against the wall. It seemed like the author took a very long time to reach the point. Finally, this is not a highly actionable book. The final chapter offers a brilliant framework for accurately accessing and decomposing your own habits but the previous ten chapters are mostly a collection of very long stories. I will have to get the book and read the final chapter more slowly before I can apply the principles toward personal growth.

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    Stephanie 03-16-15
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    "Great!!"

    Great audiobook! Book was very easy to follow and listen to and was incredibly interesting. Lots of great tips about how to change your own bad habits.

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    David 03-16-15
    David 03-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Less of a "how-to" and more storytelling"

    I was expecting more of a "how to change habits," than the book includes, but it was still very much interesting and engaging. The story-telling probably held my attention better than a dry, how-to probably would have. Highly recommended.

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    Jack M 03-16-15
    Jack M 03-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "No excuses"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! This is a great book not only if you want to change your own habits but also to really understand what makes people tick. It's filled with interesting stories to get across the premise of the book and even has a "how to" guide at the end. But if you really want to adopt some good habits, or stop some bad ones, you'll have no excuses after listening to this book.


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    Stephen Galaso 03-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic book"

    Keeps you always engaged. Very interesting. Voice is not boring at all, very enthusiastic. Forgot all about the radio while driving to work and home

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    The book's stories are so personally accessible that you'll definitely have a framework to master your habits at the end of it!

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    "Powerful"

    This was a great read! So powerful to bring that awareness of habit and a recipe for how to change bad habits. Incredible!

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    mcrowder 03-13-15
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    "Best book lately. Big implications. Actionable!"

    Best book lately. Big implications. Actionable!

    Potentially life changing and culture changing research, communicated in a very Gladwell-like accessible and memorable style.

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    Kurtis 03-12-15
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    "Great book and practical ideas"

    Excellent stories, practical ideas and the power of cue, routine and reward are definitely I am going to start implementing today.

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    "One of the best books I've ever listened to"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of Habit the most enjoyable?

    The stories in it, and the research.


    What other book might you compare The Power of Habit to and why?

    I'd compare this to one of Malcolm Gladwell's books (Blink, Outliers, etc).


    What does Mike Chamberlain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not sure about if it added anything, but Mike Chamberlain has a great voice; I'd listen to pretty much anything else he narrated.


    What did you learn from The Power of Habit that you would use in your daily life?

    The Habit Loop, and keystone habits, which are more omnipresent than I had ever imagined.


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