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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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    John Cauley 03-13-17
    John Cauley 03-13-17
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    "Best book I've read in over a year."

    The why and how of habits. How habits form, how to change them and how to end them. This is earth shattering.

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    jdperry2002 03-13-17
    jdperry2002 03-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very intriguing"

    I was amazed at the amount of research that went into this book. Great book. I may listen again.

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    Amazon Customer 03-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Painfully Boring"

    I purchased this book because I thought it would dive into the psychology of business, purchases, and effective marketing. This was one of the most boring things I've ever sat through. I am an avid reader and love the audible app but this may be the most boring book I've purchased in the recent memory.

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    Amazon Customer 03-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very helpful!"

    The value of habits increases as we grow older. This book was well written and helpful.

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    Lou Storiale Chicago, IL United States 03-12-17
    Lou Storiale Chicago, IL United States 03-12-17

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    "Good - But Tried To Do Too MUch"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power of Habit?

    The beginning chapters tell the most information. There is WAY TOO MUCH FLUFF in this book. WOW! I know more about black history, alcoholics anonymous, football and many other subjects that have nothing to do with habits and research. This book tried to do too much in regards to backstory.


    What does Mike Chamberlain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Too slow. I listened at 1.25 speed.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The research: Cue Action Reward... change the action, keep the cue and reward. Find habits that will create other habits to help change the original habit.


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    JAA 03-10-17
    JAA 03-10-17
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    "This book is GOLD"

    Actionable and yet entertainingly written. I will be listening often. Do yourself a favor, and buy this book.

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    Gohar Issaquah, WA 03-10-17
    Gohar Issaquah, WA 03-10-17 Member Since 2017

    I enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Hyperion, Stormlight, Mistborn, GoT. Last read: Born a crime

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    "Excellent anecdotes to complement the concepts"

    Author goes in detail with every anecdote and connecting with them through out the book. Sometimes leaving some stories one way and picking up later when showing a new concept. The idea is the same all the way but presented in different ways. The book could have been half the size if not for the repetition. Great material to study and understand.

    The narrator was annoying to begin with, with his nasal tone. Eventually my brain tuned to it but there are so many better readers out there. Why this guy?

    Using some of the concepts in the book, I was able to actually transform one of my time wasting habit into a productive one. Thank you.

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    cmejia 03-09-17
    cmejia 03-09-17
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    "great book very interesting anecdotes!"

    if you are looking for a book that tells you exactly what to do this book is not for you. instead the author uses a number of stories to help show how habots are formed, in an effort to make them relatable and applicable to your own life. you dont need to have gone through the same dilemma to understand the gist of the story. it's more about interpretation

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    SPQR El Jefe 03-09-17
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    "An excellent review on psychological processes"

    I kept seeing this book pop up everywhere so I decided to break up my LotR session with a quick listen to this. It is written the way I would write, clear sections almost made like bullet points. It makes you think hard on your own personal habits and how to solve them. It's the first I've listened to that I recommend to everyone I know!

    There's nothing wrong with the performance but compared to other books I've listened to, his performance is more like listening to a book report.

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    Amazon Customer 03-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Encouraging!"

    Great easy listen. Very informative. I will be listening to this again soon. I am immediately starting on putting the knowledge I gained from this book to work.
    Info was presented in a very logical format and easy to understand.

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