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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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    GWard 05-15-17
    GWard 05-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great information on how to change habits."

    this was very informative and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to make a change.

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    Mary Beth Finkey 05-14-17
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    "good self help book"

    Definitely some vital suggestions for changing your life. can be boring
    ..gunna listen again and try out the suggestions

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    Richelle Los Angeles, US, Canada 05-14-17
    Richelle Los Angeles, US, Canada 05-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I wish I read this when I first got it awhile ago."

    Absolutely eye opening! Everyone needs to hear it. I loved it! It's amazing how powerful habit tell is.

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    Amazon Customer 05-13-17
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    "Slightly boring speaker but GREAT INSIDE INFO!"

    There were tons of great insights on why humanity does what they do, as well as small little conversational pieces that you can use to sound smart. Haha Honestly it is a great audio book.

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    Joel Johnson 05-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good stuff, but ..."

    Very good content but very long winded. I listened at 1.5 speed for most of it. The stories are too long, and jumps around too much. Get to the point!

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    Ruben 05-12-17
    Ruben 05-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing book that will keep you hook."

    Really good book. I definitely enjoy every part of it. Thanks to the team that make it all happened.

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    Carlos 05-11-17
    Carlos 05-11-17
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    "I like it"

    I like the stories in the book. each story reinforce the idea of how powerful habits are. the voice of the narrator was good. I think the only issue was the speed of the narrator but that is something you can fix with the narrator speed switching feature.

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    Anthony Chierp providence ri 05-11-17
    Anthony Chierp providence ri 05-11-17 Member Since 2017

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    Im sorry but this book to me seemed like a bunch of babble and garble about particular people and little to do with the actual science or biology of habits. I found it to be long winded and draining on insignificant facts about obscure people.... for instance micheal phelps "imagining himself in the pool with the water running past his lips as he took a breath.".... seriously... lets get on with it

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    vasiliy 05-10-17
    vasiliy 05-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "This book is awesome"

    This book is good if you put in the effort for change.. but it's a good listen and very interesting. :) I like it so much I will listen to it another time over again...

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    Amazon Customer 05-10-17
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    "very good book"

    loved it! alot of great examples and very eye opening. would recomend this book to everyone willing to learn and change habits

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