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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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    Tim Netzley Washington, U.S.A. 02-07-17
    Tim Netzley Washington, U.S.A. 02-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Empowering"

    A well performed oratory of an enlightening and empowering book. Case studies and suggested actions are simple and profound.

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    That Guy New Orleans, LA, USA 02-07-17
    That Guy New Orleans, LA, USA 02-07-17
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    "longer than it should be, but still great"

    I really liked this book! Somewhat repetitive, but great narrator makes it worth it. book

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    Brian Ethington 02-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    Really enjoyed listening to this book. it was very mind opening to realize and learn about habits. how they are formed, the power of them, as well as the power of the mind in general. there are lots of great stories with scientific research woven in. a great listen

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    Redrose 02-07-17
    Redrose 02-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    I loved this book, it thoroughly explained habits without the need for use of unnecessary scientific jargon. This book gives several examples in a very interesting way. I defenetly recommend this book!

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    debiandgirls Wisconsin Rapids, WI, United States 02-06-17
    debiandgirls Wisconsin Rapids, WI, United States 02-06-17 Member Since 2017

    Tell us about yourself! I am a mother of 9 children, married almost 30 years. I have 2 beautiful grand children and I love to read.

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    "This is an AWESOME BOOK!"

    This book talks about our habits negative and positive. If you are looking for change in your life and a powerful way to charge yourself with positive energy look no further! You have found a basis to begin. This is a very good book full of resources and ideas.

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    marion webb 02-04-17
    marion webb 02-04-17 Member Since 2017

    Thank God for books, and for the people that write them, and double thanks to the ones that bring life to the pages reading them. thank you

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More answers on the question about Habits.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Charles Duhigg again?

    I really don't know


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

    I don't read well, I listen better and understand more. I would of never got past the first chapter if I had to read this book. So boring!!!


    What character would you cut from The Power of Habit?

    All the silly stories he told about people I didn't care about.


    Any additional comments?

    Chapter one and the last chapter were the only ones I really enjoyed. Who cares how many diapers a person buys at Target. So much information that really don't amount to anything. A real waste of money and time.

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    William Oliveira 02-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent!"

    muito bom o livro! gostei da facilidade de o autor explicar sobre como funcionam os hábitos.

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    James 02-03-17
    James 02-03-17
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    Consists of anecdotal stories, some about habits, some really about institutional policies (London Underground, Rhode Island Hospital), some how the study of habit is used for advertising.
    I thought it would focus more on the science and patterns of human habits and offer more insight to changing them, but did not. He tries a quick wrap up at the end, but it is eclipsed by the lengthy stories with little apparent relevance.

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    Tami 02-03-17
    Tami 02-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "helped understand habits"

    this was a great and very interesting book. I had wondered about my habits and this book helped me understand them much more clearly.
    for the most part, the book and performance were great. the only part I did not like is how often quotes were quoted by saying "she/ he told me" I found the way the narrator read them to be annoying and how many times this phrase was said to be extremely annoying. I would have rather heard "she/ he said" or "as (name of person) told me," before the main part of the story.
    I am a teacher and am particular about grammar, so these are the only issues I had with the book.

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    Fresko 02-02-17
    Fresko 02-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Quite Helpful"

    Instantly motivates you to make changes in your natural habits. I noticed that I kept myself busy as soon as they discussed the power of habit change. Queue. Routine. Reward.

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