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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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    Jared Ness 05-23-16
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    Great stories about organizations we all know. Interesting and enough information that I'll read again.

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    Amazon Customer 05-23-16
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    "Very Insightful! "

    Must-read. Had a great time reading learning everything about habits. Full of anecdotes supported by studies.

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    Asaf 05-23-16
    Asaf 05-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book"

    Nice, insight on how we operate, learned something new, useful. Reader very pleasant. I approve

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    SkinnySomeday 05-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Dull and not helpful"

    I didn't get anything out of this book. I stuck with it hoping to gain some new info but was just dull. Seems to never get to the point.

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    Rishi Tiwari 05-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Cue missing"

    I ignored comments explaining the problems with the book so I learnt my lesson the hard way. Lots of anecdotes, stories but serious lack of organisation of thoughts. More like an interesting conversation over few drinks where coherence isn't the priority. I'm still at loss as to how the whole habit games works. I expected something at the end but unfortunately nothing worth the time. To each his own it may help you though.

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    KHimself 05-21-16
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    "Very educational book"

    The book reveals things that are right under your nose that you do without thinking about : habits. Tells you why and how you have created those habits and techniques to break away from them.. The book also provides awesome examples to illustrate the power of habits. I love it and I'm working on my money habit and my urge to always volunteer.

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    Martha 05-19-16
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    "Insightful and immensely helpful"

    The quality of the narration combined with the author's talent for storytelling make this a surprisingly easy listen. The appendix at the end provides concrete ways to apply the book's lessons to one's own life. Wonderful book.

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    Amazon Customer 05-19-16 Member Since 2013
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    plenty of pearls of wisdom here! Maybe a bit thorough, but I'll add to my toolbox.

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    Dennis J. Lowry 05-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very interesting"

    I enjoyed the stories. The information was easy to understand. I would recommend this book to anyone trying to change habits or new good habits

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    "very interesting and useful for personal change"

    great book. a little repetitive but inspired me to start an yoga and coding habit!

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