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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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    raul 03-18-17
    raul 03-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The power of habit: your life's pathways"

    Great book! Helps you visualize your rationale of doing actions that have a negative impact in your life as well as how to replace them.

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    Nagendra J. 03-17-17
    Nagendra J. 03-17-17
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    "wow really good book"

    wow really good book and I enjoying, learned and got to know new things, a lot informative too.

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    Brandon K. 03-16-17
    Brandon K. 03-16-17
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    "love it. read it twice and plan to read it again."

    love it. read it twice and plan to read it again. great tips for implementation at the end.

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    Jeff 03-16-17
    Jeff 03-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Replace bad habits yes... Create new discipline or willpower not so much..."

    After listening to the book one time I realize that I know how to replace a habit but I'm not exactly sure how to put in place new habits that I want. for example what I was doing before was if I want to go to the gym put it on my calendar and go to the gym at the specific time but the problem for me is I lack willpower and discipline so I was hoping this book would discuss that in more detail but what it did help me understand better was how to replace Negative habits and the psychology behind it.

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    Frank Ernesto IV Richmond, VA 03-16-17
    Frank Ernesto IV Richmond, VA 03-16-17 Member Since 2013

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    "good and interesting"

    This book seemed to drag on some parts. Overall really good did not understand why so much time was spent on the Rosa Parks stuff. Although it's a great story it seemed a little superfluous for the book.

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    Demetri Chambers 03-16-17 Member Since 2015

    Business attorney and problem solver. Passionate about serving people in a manner that makes them better.

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    "A Good Read for Changing Bad Habits"

    For all of us, there are bad habits that we know if we change we will become better servants for ourselves and others. This book offers well-written explanations of why we have habits to begin with and how to change bad habits into good ones. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to master their habits to become a better person.

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    Bryce 03-15-17
    Bryce 03-15-17 Member Since 2011

    I am almost always listening to or reading a book. I enjoy the search for knowledge and hope I can share some too

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    "Plant the Seed of Change"

    "The Power of Habit" is a book that will find most people modifying their behavior chapter by chapter. With fresh and insightful takes on how we humans approach habits and how we can use our own fickle minds to our advantage. This book will plant a seed of change in your mind and you will soon find yourself quoting Charles Duhigg's views on habit as commonsense life truths. Give this a listen, you will accidentally change the way you think.

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    codjoe 03-15-17
    codjoe 03-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing book"

    An insight into life itself. changed how i look at everything going on in my life.

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    Carolina 03-15-17
    Carolina 03-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "self discovery"

    great book to create self awareness about the power of habits in our day-to-day and how to control them

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    Ydhelca 03-14-17
    Ydhelca 03-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Did not enjoy this book. "

    I didn't like the narrator. and the story line didn't keep me interested. really struggle to get through it

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