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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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    Kuan 04-27-16
    Kuan 04-27-16
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    "awesome listening~"

    by understanding why we do what we do in our daily activities or habits... i am now more aware of my habits and easier for me to create new habits n change old habits.

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    Amazon Customer 04-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, except...."

    Good accept.....I haven't changed any of my habits. The main reason. Audible asking for this survey, immediately. It may be wise, in a book like this, ask for the ratings after some time has passed. This is the only way to get an authentic review.

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    Abhay 04-26-16
    Abhay 04-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book for self development"

    this book is a masterpiece and gets you hooked towards the end. it almost gives you sense of purpose to change your life for the better

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    RB 04-26-16
    RB 04-26-16
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    "Very Helpful"

    I give this book 5 stars because it helped me understand why we do the things we do and ways to go about changing these habits or adding new ones. At the same time it was very entertaining. There were plenty of stories so I understand why some people would get a bit anxious and want the reader to get to the point. I enjoyed it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious about habits and/or wants to change them.

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    Paul 04-26-16
    Paul 04-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "confusing"

    He was all over the place, telling stories that didn't seem to relate. Some of the stories were morbid. I think I have to listen to it again but don't know if I can get myself to.

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    Mr.Escobar 04-26-16
    Mr.Escobar 04-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Eye Opener"

    Makes you recognize why people and yourself fall into the same trap. Good read for anyone looking to make a change.

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    GardenLady 04-25-16
    GardenLady 04-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "habits are powerful"

    I was expecting concrete answers but this book did not provide. it's more of a figure it out yourself type of situation!!

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    ryan armentrout 04-24-16
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    "I loved it"

    between the gambling wife, the nail biter and all of the other stories I truly enjoyed this book.

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    Adi 04-24-16
    Adi 04-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great read !"

    Inquiring new habits or changing old ones explained in a fascinating way. Easy to use tips and habits investigation techniques using the 3 habit stages: A cue, a routine and a reward.

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    al visser 04-24-16
    al visser 04-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wasnt what i expected"

    I have read several informational or self help books recently, and i was pleasantly surprised at how much i enjoyed listening to this book. The book was written as a story from someone with first hand experience, and although you cant help but learn from the examples, it doesnt feel like you are being taught. Each time my days routines forced me to stop listening, i found myself looking forward to resuming the book and completed it in just a few days.

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