The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The perfect gift for anyone trying to start the new year off right, this instant classic explores how we can change our lives by changing our habits.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Wall Street Journal

  • Financial Times

    In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.
    With a new Afterword by the author

    "Sharp, provocative, and useful."—Jim Collins

    "Few [books] become essential manuals for business and living. The Power of Habit is an exception. Charles Duhigg not only explains how habits are formed but how to kick bad ones and hang on to the good."Financial Times

    "A flat-out great read."—David Allen, bestselling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

    "You'll never look at yourself, your organization, or your world quite the same way."—Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

    "Entertaining . . . enjoyable . . . fascinating . . . a serious look at the science of habit formation and change."The New York Times Book Review

  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

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    AfrinC
    Dec 26, 2018

    Really cool insights were presented on behavior. I still apply some of the cases discussed in real life till this day.

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    Jeffrey_H601
    Jul 21, 2018

    All of his books are my favorite books and are very interesting.

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    mitchelclay
    Jul 11, 2018

    "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg is a fantastic look into our habits, and just how much they effect our lives. The habit loop - cue, routine, reward owns so much of our minds. This book will show examples on what they are, how they can be harnessed, and just how much they own our subconscious mind. I've read this book 3 times now, and I'm still pulling out insights!

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    damjih
    Jun 19, 2018

    This genre of book (taking topics in science, economics, etc. and adding 200 pages of simplified case studies and then getting RAVE reviews) is all the same, a bit of interesting information, good research, and alot of unnecessary case studies and anecdotes. Many of these are shoehorned in and have only a mild connection to the topic. I needed to form a habit loop just to turn on the audiobook and listen to a chapter !

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    alinanguyen
    Jan 14, 2018

    Very good book about habits: cue, routine, reward. It has stories about how different habits has affected people, how people succeeded in changing habits, etc. It's a very good book about being more self-aware and potential for growth as well as self-change.

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    darcyhudjik
    Dec 12, 2017

    This is an awesome book that explains the cycle of a habit, which interesting case studies to go along with it. Strongly recommend it.

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    kahuela
    Jun 05, 2017

    Good book, would recommend it to read to understand that we can manipulate and change out habits by understanding the way they work.

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    bananbawabiji
    Mar 16, 2017

    Personally, I haven't read the book yet, but after taking a look at peoples' comments, I would like to read it. Those feedback are encouraging to read.

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    sneha
    Aug 16, 2016

    This is not a self-help book, so if you are looking for that you may be disappointed, though it does make a helpful starting point for changing your own habits. This book provides an enjoyable look at how habits affect individual lives, corporations and organizations, even societies. Well researched with fascinating stories from many different areas, such as the marketing of a hit song, the transformation of a losing football team, Starbucks employee training, and the spread of a fire in the London Underground.

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    Liblo
    Jan 07, 2016

    This is essentially a compilation of examples supporting the author's model of how habits are formed. There is virtually no information on techniques for changing habits. A breezy, entertaining read but not very instructive if you're looking for something to help you change.

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    john_doh17
    Oct 14, 2015

    The book contends that basis of most of our actions are based off of this pattern. Cue-response-reward. When repeated enough these patterns are ingrained into us and become habits. The book contends in chapter 3 that we can't eliminate habits, only replace them. To do this you identify the cue, replace with a new action, and then are rewarded. For example if you have a cookie everyday at 3 PM, you instead go for a walk, you have replaced the bad habit. At the end of the book he explains how to change a habit. 1. Identify the routine 2. experiment with different rewards 3. Isolate the cue 4. Develop a plan to have alternatives somewhere in the path.

    Common Cues are: location, time, emotional state, other people, immediately proceeding actions. Experiment (failures will provide feedback) until you change your habit.

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    ALEXIS C SWEARINGEN Jan 18, 2015

    "The behaviors that occur unthinkingly are evidence of our truest selves" -Aristotle

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