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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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    James Dubliin, CA, United States 05-25-13
    James Dubliin, CA, United States 05-25-13
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    "Wish there was more direction"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of Habit to be better than the print version?

    Great book, wish there was more direction as to what we should do next.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked understanding the human nature of Habits


    Which character – as performed by Mike Chamberlain – was your favorite?

    The guy who would go for a walk


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    the keys to habits, the note taking to find triggers. How suttle changes make a great deal of difference.


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    paul tyngsboro, MA, United States 05-24-13
    paul tyngsboro, MA, United States 05-24-13
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    "Utterly pointless"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing, given the flimsy premise.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charles Duhigg again?

    No.


    What three words best describe Mike Chamberlain’s voice?

    He speaks English.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great ad for Febreze, but the book is held together by the flimsiest of notions. There is nothing to be learned here - another triumph of marketing over substance in the self-help genre.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    nxmtz 05-23-13
    nxmtz 05-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A little boring... but some of it is helpful"
    Would you try another book from Charles Duhigg and/or Mike Chamberlain?

    I'm not sure


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure either


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He did a great job.


    Could you see The Power of Habit being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No no no no please no


    Any additional comments?

    The book had too many examples that were off the main focus of the story. I think it could've had more concepts and less "this is the story of a man that blah blah..."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Huff 05-23-13
    Ben Huff 05-23-13
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    "really expected it to be less entertaining!"
    If you could sum up The Power of Habit in three words, what would they be?

    really quite incredible


    What did you like best about this story?

    the guy who wrote this knows so much stuff, but somehow tells it to you in a way that keeps you totally glued to the thing. it's a finely woven, and even suspenseful, trail of interesting stories leading to one surprising fact after another. i can't believe how entertaining a book about human habits could be. it's a life changing book, but it's fun too!


    What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

    he's very good at this


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Danny MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 05-22-13
    Danny MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 05-22-13

    Fan of non-fiction, history and leadership philosophy.

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    "Highly recommend"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of Habit the most enjoyable?

    The reader was a nice bonus to this interesting and insightful listen. The author did a great job of making a lot of research sound fascinating.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It taught me a lot of lessons I still use one year later. I am currently listening to it a second time.


    Any additional comments?

    Pick up this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Leonard Seattle, Washington USA 05-20-13
    Peter Leonard Seattle, Washington USA 05-20-13
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    "Easily best audio book I've listened to"
    If you could sum up The Power of Habit in three words, what would they be?

    Concise, compelling, breadth


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The concept that we're so unaware of the many habits that direct our actions in our lives on a daily basis


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator's voice is a little creepy at first but after a few chapters, the content more than makes up for it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany COLLEGE STATION, TX, United States 05-13-13
    Tiffany COLLEGE STATION, TX, United States 05-13-13
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    "Wow"
    If you could sum up The Power of Habit in three words, what would they be?

    Trigger. Action. Reward. (duh)


    What did you like best about this story?

    Duhigg did a great job of putting the obvious in perspective. Everything seemed breakthrough as he said it, then so obvious after I thought about it. He simplified a very complicated subject and I couldn't wait to get back on the road to listen to more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurence 05-07-13
    Laurence 05-07-13 Member Since 2012

    Lots of driving has drove me to fall in love with audiobooks.

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    "Insight into our subconcious"
    If you could sum up The Power of Habit in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful Inter-human Information


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amount of factual and storied information that illuminates our habits.


    What does Mike Chamberlain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mike does a great job with tone


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    E.P.'s story is one that does the best to explain how our habits drive our life. It brings to light that we all have a place in our brain that has us do things without thinking.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I will be listening to it again in the near future to drive some of the points home, but this book has opened my eyes to understanding and controlling habits. This is a great benefit for my life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Barker Cana Va 05-06-13
    Brad Barker Cana Va 05-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A really good read. Mostly..."
    Would you listen to The Power of Habit again? Why?

    I really enjoyed this book...mostly. The beginning where habit, what it is and where it resides was very interesting. Everything from personal habit to work habits and how one can work to change those habits I found intriguing and fascinating. However, the part about social habits I found boring and had a hard time getting through. Understanding community or societal social habits would probably be interesting to many, but that just wasn't what I was looking for myself. But outside of those social habits chapter(s)...(which seemed inordinately long me), I really enjoyed the book. In fact, I had a hard time staying away from it for any length of time. Almost like a habit....


    Would you recommend The Power of Habit to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes I would. Although I found parts dull, many would probably not. There a lot of good stuff in here, either for someone just interested in habits in general, or someone trying to figure out how to change some of those bad habits we all carry around with us.


    What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

    I though he was great. If I didn't know better I would have thought he wrote the book. The performance was great. I felt like I was listening to someone who was actually interested in what he was telling, and that made me enjoy it all the more.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    We are all a bundle of habits, and recognizing habits is the beginning of changing them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 04-30-13
    Matthew 04-30-13
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    "THIS WILL NOT HELP YOU CHANGE PERSONAL HABITS"
    What would have made The Power of Habit better?

    Showing us how to change our own habit behavior.


    Has The Power of Habit turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Mike Chamberlain’s performance?

    I purchased this book so that I could see about changing my own habits. This book drones on with example after example of how habits are formed but really says nothing about changing them. This book reads like someone thesis project in college including adding extra text to make the book thicker. Examples that could be written in about a paragraph go on and one for ever. Case studies that are 45 mins long just to make one small example.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I usually force myself to listen to a book all the way through. I was about 75% done with this book when I just had to stop listening. I found myself in traffic yelling "Get on with it" and "ok I get the concept" I picked a few useful ideas up but it could have been a small informational flyer and not a book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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