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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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    J. C. Rogers 03-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book. An essential read."

    This is a a brilliant book. applicable to business and life. the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the unabridged version was longwinded. I got the point 3/4 into the chapter and he still kept going.

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    Narrator had great pace, content was drawn out at some points but overall this book helped me in many ways.

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    Kimberley 03-24-15
    Kimberley 03-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Powerful book. Highly recommended."

    Enjoyed the stories and scientific approach--brought life to the real life struggles that are commonly faced by us all.

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    "Could be habit-forming'"

    Literally, that it is! Great ideas, and engagingly narrated! Gives you a good understanding of the power of habit: from basic physiology to the intentional change.

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    Kevin 03-22-15
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    "Great book"

    Great book but gets a bit drawn out in parts, I couldn't imagine reading it but an excellent listen. I would recommend it.

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    C. Hardy 03-22-15
    C. Hardy 03-22-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Loved it."

    Brilliant and frightening.
    Well researched and thorough.
    Simple path to understanding the method.

    What more can be said?

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    Gregorio Vargas 03-21-15
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    "Great book"

    I listen to this book as much as I can. I want to be able to go back to it in my mind every time I think I can't do something. I'd like to remember the key stone habit

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    Diahlo Walker 03-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very insightful!"

    This book will increase your understanding of the power of habits. You will gain leverage in your journey to move forward in those challenging areas of your life. This book provides an excellent foundation. You will be well-equipped to apply your new knowledge to create a plan to move you forward. Like with anything else, you must be willing to work your plan in order to see results.

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    sione tupou 03-19-15
    sione tupou 03-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Highly recommend"

    This book is a life changer. The concepts and principles taught in this book give you the power to change.

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    Alvaro 03-18-15
    Alvaro 03-18-15
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    "life changing"

    excellent book to change the way we do things. I highly recommend this text to anyone willing a chance in his/her life.

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