The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit

By Charles Duhigg

  • Release Date: 2012-04-05
  • Genre: Self Help
Score: 4
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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.


  • The Power of Habit

    By FIrecrestMTB
    A very insightful read. Thought provoking, inspiring and educational. This book give a valuable insight into and the background behind the power of the habits that drive us and how we can harness them to enable our habits to be a positive influence on our daily lives. Highly recommended read for anyone that wants to understand the power of habit.
  • Not much substance

    By Angeliki_C
    Typical of this kind of books; too much padding and not enough substance. The whole book could be summarised in 2 pages. Full of anecdotal references to American football, etc which for anyone not interested in football makes it a tedious read. Don't waste your money, just google the book and you'd find more info on the articles done around this subject.