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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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    Scott Allred 04-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Powerful Principles"

    Powerful book! Even before finishing the book, I have successfully started change in my personal habits. The content is interesting, but when applied the principles are very powerful.

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    Justarius USA 04-21-17
    Justarius USA 04-21-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Intelligent and thought provoking"

    A good book, listen and decode your habits. Once you become aware you can rewrite your habit loops.

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    Scott 04-21-17
    Scott 04-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Message But a Bit Dry for Me"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    N/A


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    Yes, the information was easy to follow.


    What three words best describe Mike Chamberlain’s performance?

    Good Effort


    Was The Power of Habit worth the listening time?

    So So, I think the message was good.


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen L 04-20-17
    Stephen L 04-20-17

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    "Not a how-to"

    When I bought this book I was hoping for a how-to on how to be better with my habits. Unfortunately, this book ends up just being a large collection of stories that help emphasize how important habits are without touching very deeply on how to improve your habits.

    There were a few portions of the book that were slightly informative but for the most part you probably want to skip this book if you're looking for self-improvement. If you're doing a term paper on the importance of habits, then this book is for you.

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    meelays 04-20-17
    meelays 04-20-17
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    "Well written book on a deep topic!"

    I found the information in this book immediately applicable both in my personal life and professional. As someone who is in the organizational change management industry, the value of understanding the neuroscience behind habits as it relates to changing individuals and organizations' behavior, is invaluable. Duhigg doesn't dumb it down too much and minimize the academic and scientific nature of the topic. Nor does he minimize the work that goes into changing our habits and turning the science into some sort of quick fix. He does a great job of weaving the science and the stories together in such a way that it is easy to understand.

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    Eduardo Zaga 04-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book and performance"

    I loved this book, it is not a subject i analized before hearing this audiobook, a great lesson for life, i am sure someday I will be taking advamtage on what i learned

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    Kindle Customer 04-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of Habit to be better than the print version?

    Wasn't sure what to expect with this book but it is FANTASTIC!!! I am half way through and have learned so much. It is exactly what it says, "The power of Habit!" so good.


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    Ryan SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 04-19-17
    Ryan SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great and boring"
    Where does The Power of Habit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's lower on the list. The book is helpful and provides great information about habits, how they start and how to end them. But it was a very long audio book with a lot of stories that all pretty much had the same ending.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have taken out the stories that were repetitive.


    What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic, easy to listen to voice.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book on habits that is worth the read if you're interested. I just don't need to hear about how through repetitive behavior people make habits, over and over and over and over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle M 04-19-17
    Kyle M 04-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A refreshing, factual book on how to change."
    Where does The Power of Habit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best I've listened to. Charles Duhigg did his research. He compiled so much real facts and new science on how change happens and how our brains work. He lays everything out in a way that is interesting and easy to listen to. I'm so glad to have found a reasonable self help book with actual facts instead of some salesman or saleswoman's opinion on how to TAKE YOUR LIFE TO THE NEXT LEVEL. Or crazy shaman who talks about how all of life is a dream and reality is nothing and that realization will change your life.

    It's a well written book with invaluable content based on real facts. Not some book like many "self help" books that an actual crazy person created by taking some papers, folding them in half and pulling down their pants, squatting over them and releasing their ideas onto the page. I'm so sick of finding a "self help" book with 5 stars and great reviews and then after one hour of listening, realizing that I have somehow DOWNLOADED fecal matter INTO MY PHONE. Which then is transferred up through my headphones and INTO MY EAR. And I take out my headphones, clean out my ears with the yellow garden hose on full blast and sit there with a melancholy look on my face, but gratitude in my heart that Audible will let me return the package of brown mass that I asked them to send me.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a truly fantastic book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Freed Hockessin, Delaware USA 04-18-17
    L. Freed Hockessin, Delaware USA 04-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent book on how habits effect us."

    this us a thought provoking book that touches on how habits effect human behavior. the author uses interesting examples to drive the theories home.

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