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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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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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    Laurence 05-07-13
    Laurence 05-07-13 Member Since 2012

    Lots of driving has drove me to fall in love with audiobooks.

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    If you could sum up The Power of Habit in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful Inter-human Information


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amount of factual and storied information that illuminates our habits.


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

    Mike does a great job with tone


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    E.P.'s story is one that does the best to explain how our habits drive our life. It brings to light that we all have a place in our brain that has us do things without thinking.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I will be listening to it again in the near future to drive some of the points home, but this book has opened my eyes to understanding and controlling habits. This is a great benefit for my life.

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    Brad Barker Cana Va 05-06-13
    Brad Barker Cana Va 05-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A really good read. Mostly..."
    Would you listen to The Power of Habit again? Why?

    I really enjoyed this book...mostly. The beginning where habit, what it is and where it resides was very interesting. Everything from personal habit to work habits and how one can work to change those habits I found intriguing and fascinating. However, the part about social habits I found boring and had a hard time getting through. Understanding community or societal social habits would probably be interesting to many, but that just wasn't what I was looking for myself. But outside of those social habits chapter(s)...(which seemed inordinately long me), I really enjoyed the book. In fact, I had a hard time staying away from it for any length of time. Almost like a habit....


    Would you recommend The Power of Habit to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes I would. Although I found parts dull, many would probably not. There a lot of good stuff in here, either for someone just interested in habits in general, or someone trying to figure out how to change some of those bad habits we all carry around with us.


    What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

    I though he was great. If I didn't know better I would have thought he wrote the book. The performance was great. I felt like I was listening to someone who was actually interested in what he was telling, and that made me enjoy it all the more.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    We are all a bundle of habits, and recognizing habits is the beginning of changing them.


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    Matthew 04-30-13
    Matthew 04-30-13
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    "THIS WILL NOT HELP YOU CHANGE PERSONAL HABITS"
    What would have made The Power of Habit better?

    Showing us how to change our own habit behavior.


    Has The Power of Habit turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Mike Chamberlain’s performance?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Spring Hill, TN, United States 04-29-13
    Bill Spring Hill, TN, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Blown away by the power of the mind!"
    Where does The Power of Habit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A top 10


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

    No other book has taken habits and broke them down with real research like this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was more the thought then the scene of how your mind has the power to hold information that were part of a habit even when you are not aware of the information.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, I listen to books as I drive. Parts of this book I stopped and re-listened before moving on to the next chapter.


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    Amgad Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 04-19-13
    Amgad Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 04-19-13
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    Would you listen to The Power of Habit again? Why?

    Has many Practical examples, scientific, gives the concept in a well structured flow. The narrator made it so interesting and easy to grasp


    Have you listened to any of Mike Chamberlain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, it was great


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it was perfect and moving, now i could know the secret of habits, this could positively change my life


    Any additional comments?

    Great Book, well read

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    Vb Joshi Maitland, FL, United States 04-16-13
    Vb Joshi Maitland, FL, United States 04-16-13

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    "Excellent self-help book for everyone"
    If you could sum up The Power of Habit in three words, what would they be?

    It is amazing how Charles Duhigg has remarkable brought out the secret power of habit that we all can clearly develop over time. After reading this book I realized that I was kind of doing these habit forming tasks but unconsciously. Now doing them consciously helps in faster habits and also fosters a feel-good pattern.
    Amazing book. Thanks


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    scott Victoria, BC, Canada 04-13-13
    scott Victoria, BC, Canada 04-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Changed my perspective, my habits and my life"
    Would you listen to The Power of Habit again? Why?

    I plan on listening to the book again as soon as I finish the final two chapters.


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    David Aguascalientes, Mexico 04-12-13
    David Aguascalientes, Mexico 04-12-13
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    "Great book over a simple and direct way to listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of Habit the most enjoyable?

    I found this book amazing. I think it is structured in a very simple and easy way to follow and develop for myself on that journey of habits.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Power of Habit?

    How am I able to break my own paradigms and understand human nature and its behaviors.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 04-04-13
    Edward MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about The Power of Habit?

    Love It! Great for understanding the framework of how habits develop and how to change them, both personal, individual, team, company wide and community habits


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power of Habit?

    I love the story of Tony Dungee and how he made his team win by showing that tapping into instinct and flawless execution can be superior to complex strategies


    Did Mike Chamberlain do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The author created impactful lasting characters


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I review the content and stories constantly


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emeritus madison, wi USA 04-04-13
    Emeritus madison, wi USA 04-04-13 Member Since 2007

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    "irritating"

    Premise: bad habits get you in trouble, good habits are good, you can break bad habits by learning good habits. It is not as easy as it sounds. (Now that you have read the book, you don't have to buy it). A very irritating reader who sounds like his is poking you in the chest all throughout the book. A one idea book, as many of them are, with lots of illustrations, only a few of them relevant.

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