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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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    Amazon Customer 09-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "interesting"

    I found this book very interesting. I was fascinated the stories and how powerful habits can be on a person's life. I intend to try to implement some of the strategies to change my habits.

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    Bruno 09-26-16
    Bruno 09-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    Starts ok but sinks into religious proselytism around the middle. Unbearable. I cannot recommend it, especially when there's absolutely nothing at the description of the book stating that that's the message behind it. I feel ripped off -- if the author has an agenda then be upfront and honest about it. To build a message and then switch suddenly is obscenely dishonest. Boo.

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    Diane 09-25-16
    Diane 09-25-16
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    "disappointed with the "point of the whole book""

    enjoyed most of the book till the end when the conclusion summarized the "point of the whole book" with a weak placement of culpability. didn't all the material up to that point share something more complicated, of which research was trying to enlighten?

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    Jason Beres 09-24-16
    Jason Beres 09-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Way too long ... disconnected stories"

    Too many unrelated examples of habits that have no tie-back to practical application by the reader.

    No doubt these stories are interesting, but I was hoping to see how they circle back to changing my own habits.

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    Jhanvi A Patel 09-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very informative audio book"

    I really like this book and it's content. The information provided is very good and supported by great examples. The voice of the person reading out to us is fabulous and just adds a lot of value to the book.

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    Jihane 09-23-16
    Jihane 09-23-16
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    "Rich and inspiring content"

    The content is easy to understand. It s an inspiration to adopt habbits and never give up

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    Michael D. Stevens CRESTON, NC, US 09-23-16
    Michael D. Stevens CRESTON, NC, US 09-23-16
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    "excellent"

    easy to listen to. excellent material. thought provoking connections. will recommend to others and will listen again.

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    joshua1:8-9 09-23-16
    joshua1:8-9 09-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome Book!! Extremely Insightful & Applicable!!"

    love the narrative illustration... really helped me connect to the author's perspective on how and why we DO what we DO!!

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    Anum 09-22-16
    Anum 09-22-16
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    "Interesting but not that useful"

    The book focused way too much on big picture things and stories instead of actionable personal advice. It's almost as if the author was trying to cover all the different possible types of habits related to humans and society. Many stories were just pointless and the conclusions were rather weak and possibly incorrect.

    It was an interesting book nonetheless without some very useful bits of information.

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    David H Castaneda Covington GA 09-22-16
    David H Castaneda Covington GA 09-22-16 Member Since 2016

    Be better than yesterday!

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of Habit to be better than the print version?

    I got a copy of the print version and it is not much different. really good information


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