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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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    Denise Bountiful, UT, United States 02-18-17
    Denise Bountiful, UT, United States 02-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great information"

    I really enjoyed the way Charles put the information together in a very understandable manner. My primary objection is that I loved the story but I didn't get a real path for change. Now I understand why I do much of what I do but I'm not really sure how to change it.

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    David McClaskey JOHNSON CITY, TN, US 02-18-17
    David McClaskey JOHNSON CITY, TN, US 02-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    Great Material that is well researched and pragmatic ways to implement. Things that are easy to understand.

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    Maria 02-18-17
    Maria 02-18-17
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    "simple yet revolutionary"

    loved it. although I barely go for these long books! is research bases. although in some cases the author gets into too much detailing the scenario

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    Darien-Mary C. 02-18-17
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    "Loved this book. Will share with a friend."

    Thank goodness for basal ganglia. I had a feeling it was and is all in the brain. It explains the how and why of my routines. Loved the story the explanation the intellect behind it but most of all for audio anyway the narrator Michael Chamberlain was outstanding in his voice and tone. Yes, I will be sharing this book as soon as I get home to send wirelessly. Excellent highly recommend for understanding the how's and whys we do what we do routinely. 👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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    Lucas Graham The Great Northwest 02-18-17
    Lucas Graham The Great Northwest 02-18-17 Member Since 2011

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    "useful ideas for overcoming habits"

    This book loses its way for a while, but I'm better off for hearing it. The author introduces a strong foundation early by explaining what a habit is and how they can be changed. Some of the stories, though (the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Civil Rights Movement) seemed like a stretch. It seemed like the author temporarily adopted a different definition of a habit to foot those examples.
    The concrete ideas in the appendix were good,and should have been included early in the book.

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    sepideh 02-17-17
    sepideh 02-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "confusing & not to the point"

    the book is full of different scenarios but it doesn't get to how you really can change or implement a new habit

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    jlgallagher70 02-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The rest of the story"

    This book provides fascinating insight into the workings of the human mind and how we create and reinforce habits. Rather than focus on a "quick fix" list of action steps to correct or change habits, Charles Durrig takes the time to help us understand the "why" behind our behavior. Without this insight, the tools that appear at the end of this work might be as empty as many of the self help books on habits that preceded it. Thanks to the author for this important work.

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    Johnaud 02-16-17
    Johnaud 02-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    there are a lot of practical uses for this book in anyone's life. I would recommend it to anyone trying to better themselves or their situation.

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    Caleb 02-15-17
    Caleb 02-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    Good book to read, insightful and lots of illustrations to absorb. Read it now ok

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    This is an excellent audio book. I really enjoyed it, especially the historical examples / references

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