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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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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Sherri Boise, ID, United States 09-23-12
    Sherri Boise, ID, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Surprisingly Interesting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book. I only picked it on a whim. I had a short 1.5 hour trip to take and by the time I got to my destination - I did not want to turn this off. It was chalked full of research and examples of how our Habits impact our lives. I was able to take away some life changing information. I actually bought the book after listening to the whole audio so that I could reference back to it. Very enjoyable!


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    Roberto 09-23-12
    Roberto 09-23-12
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    "Everyone should listen to this"
    What did you love best about The Power of Habit?

    The content is amazing! I feel empowered and more introspective after listening to this book.


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

    No, I would recommend listening to chunks in order to really digest the important information.


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    Dennis Beverly, MA, United States 09-23-12
    Dennis Beverly, MA, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Very informative"
    If you could sum up The Power of Habit in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, informative and thought provoking


    What did you learn from The Power of Habit that you would use in your daily life?

    I think I can make more progress on my own habits that I would like to change
    Because I read this book
    Might read it again too


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    wendy 09-19-12
    wendy 09-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Life Changing"

    This is now one of my favorite books. It shows us how to change our bad habits by replacing it with a different or better habit. It shows the process of changing our bad habits by doing it one habit at a time and helps us determine why we have the habits we do and what reward we are getting from the habit. I have already been changing my bad habits by changing one bad habit at a time. This is an excelent book and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to change things in there life for the better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Micah WAUKESHA, WISCONSIN, United States 09-19-12
    Micah WAUKESHA, WISCONSIN, United States 09-19-12
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    "Interesting Insights"
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Insights on how habits form, how to change, them and examples from history - Tony Dungy, Rosa Parks, Alcoholics, Gamblers, Michale Phelps, and companies.


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

    Not all in one, but maybe 5. Not bad for a 10 hour book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Docoyster United States 09-17-12
    Docoyster United States 09-17-12
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    "Informative"
    Would you listen to The Power of Habit again? Why?

    This audio book can be read over and over. It has nuggets I info all through the book


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    eugene ARLINGTON, VA, United States 09-17-12
    eugene ARLINGTON, VA, United States 09-17-12
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    "Good for changing your own personal life"

    Great for getting ideas for how to change your own life and habits. However the stories and history is not as informative as I expected from a business book. But still a great listen and everyone can learn how to better their lifes from it.

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    Cherry Ocala, FL, United States 09-17-12
    Cherry Ocala, FL, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The power of Habit"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A very interesting book. Very different than what I normal listen to. However extremely interesting how habit affects our day to day life AND how retail manipulates our habits to their benefit. Who knew so much study went into our every day to day purchases


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    Purly Girly Sierra Nevada, CA 09-16-12
    Purly Girly Sierra Nevada, CA 09-16-12
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    "Missing the Meat"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The book was okay, but by not providing the appendix as a download PDF, the most important part of the book was left off; that is, how to make the power of habit work for me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Brain Trust, because they do have the necessary information available in a download.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was okay.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Power of Habit?

    I would have added the appendices. In this case, the regular book would have been a better use of my money than the Audible version.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TPP Upstate NY, United States 09-15-12
    TPP Upstate NY, United States 09-15-12
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    "And the dish ran away with the spoon"
    Would you try another book from Charles Duhigg and/or Mike Chamberlain?

    Not sure if I would buy another book from either of these authors


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting was how this book bordered on delivering true insights. Least interesting is that the authors seemed more content to deliver very long stories about the power of habits rather than to give practical advise on how to change or replace habits.


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

    No


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to The Power of Habit?

    Those with a prior understanding of changing habits would benefit the most.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the stories, while compelling and interesting, left me asking "How can I apply this?" As of yet, I have not found the answer to that question

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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