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The Power of Habit Audiobook
The Power of Habit
Written by: 
Charles Duhigg
Narrated by: 
Mike Chamberlain
The Power of Habit Audiobook

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

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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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    "absolutely solid start to finish"

    Narrator outstanding...period. the content is just as solid! it's one thing to offer habits we need to change but another to address proven methods in which we can change them. a book like this should be required reading starting in highschool! nicely done!!!

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    Brian guggino 04-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Insightful and useful."

    Great reading/listen, lots of different case studies and useful discussion. Discusses social and business habits, which I found more fascinating than my original draw of personal habits. Well rounded view of habits that surround all of us.

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    Jason 04-29-16
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    "change your life!!"

    This is a book you can listen to again to get more out of it.

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    "Good start"

    I feel like the beginning and end where great. But I think the lost track of what the book was about half way thru.

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    "Well written, life-changing, will read again!"

    The Stories are fascinating and provide excellent applications for the scientific principles. I have already ended some old bad habits and started some new good ones!

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    kevin 04-28-16
    kevin 04-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great view on habits"

    This book had great examples backed up by scientific research. Definitely lesnred alot from this book. Highly recommended

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    Chris Johnson 04-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing insights, great examples and useful"

    I enjoyed this book, it was full of good scientific research, great storytelling and very applicable details.

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    The Hoser Delaware - the tide goes down, we come up. 04-28-16
    The Hoser Delaware - the tide goes down, we come up. 04-28-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Very interesting study"

    I found this to be very interesting, and hope to use some of the info to improve my life, both from changing my habits and by seeing how others are trying to manipulate me.

    The narrator did an excellent job, and sounded sincerely interested in the information he was conveying. Well done.

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    Nitric 04-28-16
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    "this is a life changing book"

    the concepts introduced in the book will change your life for good ... love how the concepts are introduced using examples and stories from real life ... the finally a book worth reading multiple times

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    Jeremey Amante San Diego, CA 04-27-16
    Jeremey Amante San Diego, CA 04-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    easy listening with great topics/cases. flow of the book was great and kept to the topics

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