NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.
Praise for The Power of Habit
“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
For you self improvement types, this book isnt so much about changing your habits and improving yourself. Yes, thats in there a little bit, but not so much. The book relates a series of scenarios, from business success the most popular topic to addiction to a tragedy on the London underground and attempts to equate them all with the idea of habits.However, Im not convinced that every chapter addressed habits, unless you want to redefine a habit as anything the brain doesever. The chapter on the Montgomery Bus Boycott, for example, seemed much more sociological as described than as a habit.That doesnt mean that the book wasnt interesting. The idea of the little win found in the chapter about Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was useful personally, as well as the part about replacing one habit with another until enforcing the habit is effortless and another positive behavior can be incorporated. Not only did it make sense within the writing, but I found it true for my own experience.Even the business information, not a genre I usually read, was enjoyable and interesting.The weakest part of the book came at the end. Perhaps the author was getting tired and punchy and just wanted the darn thing finished. He tells the long tale of a gamblers total life destruction and the loss of nearly $1 million dollars to the blackjack tables. She was a wife and mother looking for fulfillment and selfesteem. It was an incredible downer to end the book on, and I couldnt wait for the book to end after hearing about this womans lack of selfcontrol and the lack of intervention from anyone around her. Afterward, the author tries to make us feel compassion for her plight, arguing shes no more to blame and an unconscious murderer, right? Then, in the concluding chapter, the author pulls a 180degree turn and explains why, yes, she is to blame and its not at all like the murderer from an earlier chapter. Poorly done Duhigg. To sum up: Not really for the selfimprovement crowd, and while interesting in its own right, much more for the business leadership reader.