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The Power of Habit Audiobook

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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    Sheldon C. 04-02-15
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    "The first half of the book is very valuable"

    The first half of the book is very valuable. It tells how habits are formed, functioned and how to correct.

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    BaptistPreacherRR 04-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    The information for this book was very well put together and presented. Anyone would benefit from understanding the power of habits and their affect on our daily lives.

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    Andrew 04-01-15
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    This makes you evaluate your choices, and gives practical solutions to what seem to be everyday problems that are out of your control. Excellent book.

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    Chewbacha 03-30-15
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    "Great story with life changing information"

    If you apply what is in this book. You can change not only your self. but the world.

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    Ryan 03-30-15
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    Good book, the narrator isn't the best and can be boring at times however, good information is contained within the text.

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    Emile 03-30-15
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    I read the paperback from the library on a cruise, the audiobook is way more animated. The philosophy helped me to become consistent in fitness, spiritual life and communication

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    tarag 03-28-15
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    loved it! my bf is getting tired me referencing it every day. :) worth the purchase!

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    "Educational and interesting"

    Great examples and stories of the power of habits. If you want something that gets you to think about your daily habits and how you may be influenced by companies creating habits for you this is a great read.

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    Kimberly Wolf 03-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "You have to stick with it"

    It was boring in the middle and I thought this really isn't helping what I was wanting it to do, but it brought it back at the end.

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    If you think that you can't stop doing something or you can't change something within your behavior, you have to read this book. One of the best books I've ever read.

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