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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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    Devin Latimore PHILADELPHIA, PA, US 10-02-16
    Devin Latimore PHILADELPHIA, PA, US 10-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Untitled (worth the money)"

    the narration was excellent, but the book was much longer than it needed to be in order to deliver the final point that it delivered in the Final Chapter which was only 23 minutes long compared to some previous chapters that spanned an hour or more

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    Desislav 10-01-16
    Desislav 10-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "useful truth "

    I definitely learned a lot about habits and myself. It's amazing how much we don't know about ourselves and the decisions we make. This book tells us why, how and when we do what we do

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    Terry Smith 10-01-16
    Terry Smith 10-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth the Listen, Now How to Implement?"

    I enjoyed the book and found the examples interesting and informative. Some went on too long, and I think each chapter could have closed with a better recap of how to apply in your own life.

    I didn't really get the takeaways I was wanting until the appendix. That said, I would recommend the book and am glad I listened.

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    Amazon Customer 09-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "off topic and religious"

    The opening is great but half the book is about the poorly explained benefit to having a religion and corporate culture. The topics were shoehorned into the "habit model" but they really don't fit the description of habits as described at the start.

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    Ella 09-30-16
    Ella 09-30-16

    Staying hungry for knowledge.

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    "Life changing book"

    Very good book.

    I enjoyed reading it. I've learned a lot about my own habits and what drives them. Thank you

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    Game Reviews 09-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good but not as good as Smarter Faster Better"

    This is a good book about how habits cause us to do things and how we can change them. There are many good examples and lessons in the book. The same author wrote Smarter Faster Better and I thought that book was even better. If you are only going to read one of Duhigg's books read Smarter Faster Better.

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    Jeremy 09-29-16
    Jeremy 09-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Overall Good"

    Fantastic material with well supported facts. Sometimes the stories seemed to drag on but this book is definitely worth the read.

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    Amazon Customer 09-29-16
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    "new perspective"

    Book is a great way to step out of your mind and examine your life looking from the outside in.

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    Ouiem 09-28-16
    Ouiem 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Easy, simple examples, average narration"
    Would you try another book from Charles Duhigg and/or Mike Chamberlain?

    Probably not


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It's non-fiction, nothing huge.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mike Chamberlain?

    Preferably not.


    Do you think The Power of Habit needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It lacks depth, hopefully upcoming books can be better.


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    Suresh andani 09-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    Loved it. It has great examples. the book made me beleive that any change can be made based on habit change.

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