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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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    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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    DonWms 04-18-17
    DonWms 04-18-17
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    "Download interface is draconian"
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    Amazon is rich enough to design a user friendly download interface without a draconian DRM. It should be click to download in any browser (Chrome, IE, Edge, Firefox, Safari, etc.), then starting listening in iTunes or other player. Period. No logging in two or three times, no re-entering your userid and password again, no captcha, no having to manually import title file into iTunes, no disabling cut and paste from web pages and popup pages.

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    Makanakealoha 04-18-17
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    definitely some deep insight into the minds eye of habits. a much needed audible book.

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    04-17-17
    04-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I found the content informative and organized."

    The narrator was excellent! He read as though he was the author. Engaging and his delivery of the material was on point.

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    Samantha Lathrop 04-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining insight into how your brain works!"

    Loved the presentation of examples! Will listen to a second time I'm sure- great ending as well!

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    HunterG 04-17-17
    HunterG 04-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Want to better yourself? Read this book"
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    This book is an absolute must read to anyone wanting to better themselves as an individual. I won't go into too much detail, but it has plenty of scientific studies, along with examples of well-known figures and their habits. There was obviously a lot of time and effort put into the research behind this book. It's not just a book speaking in vague cliches on habits, but one that gives solid background examples and information. Please read this book, it should be in everyone's collection.

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    Amazon Customer 04-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "sorry, too slow.i"

    I'm adhd and require something to grab me. the narrator was boring. but, good information.

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    H. Raye 04-15-17
    H. Raye 04-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating!"

    I loved this book! The subject matter is totally fascinating. I loved the use of different case studies to examine how habits function in many different aspects of our lives from brain disorders to what we buy and what we listen to on the radio.

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    Joseph Kincart 04-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting anecdotes, but where was the editor?"
    Would you try another book from Charles Duhigg and/or Mike Chamberlain?

    Great story teller, interesting enough to listen to. Very little writing discipline, Very little to do with title. It is like listening to someone at a reception go on about something that keenly interests them but has little science behind it.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator did fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Power of Habit?

    Appendix should have been chapter one. Exercise some discipline in order and presentation, somewhere it needs to say what the point of all those rambling stories were about (even if they were interesting).


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    Amazon Customer 04-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting as all be it!"

    I really liked this book, I'm going to try and get the other teachers at the school I work at to read this!

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