The Power of Habit

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With a new Afterword by the author
In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–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 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.

The Wall Street Journal • Financial Times
“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

“Cue: see cover. Routine: read book. Reward: fully comprehend the art of manipulation.”Bloomberg Businessweek
“Absolutely fascinating.”Wired

“A fresh examination of how routine behaviors take hold and whether they are susceptible to change . . . The stories that Duhigg has knitted together are all fascinating in their own right, but take on an added dimension when wedded to his examination of habits.”— Associated Press
“There’s been a lot of research over the past several years about how our habits shape us, and this work is beautifully described in the new book The Power of Habit.”—David Brooks, The New York Times
“A first-rate book—based on an impressive mass of research, written in a lively style and providing just the right balance of intellectual seriousness with practical advice on how to break our bad habits.”The Economist
“I have been spinning like a top since reading The Power of Habit, New York Times journalist Charles Duhigg’s fascinating best-seller about how people, businesses and organizations develop the positive routines that make them productive—and happy.”The Washington Post

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  • I had it for free but bought it anyway 😜

    By Fas556
    I got this book for free but I found it very helpful that I wanted to pay for however made it. Thanks!!!!!!!!
  • Great Book

    By Gdsrhj
    This is a very well written book. It is also full of insightful assertions, backed up with excellent research. I learned a lot, and really enjoyed the read!
  • Very helpful

    By UndeadScooterKidd
    Loved it! I liked the fact that it scientifically proves that habits can be developed for he good, and gives you a simple method for establishing good ones.
  • Recommended for Change Management

    By MluvzGB
    Enjoyable read! Includes details about change management that can be applied to a variety of organizations.
  • Coming from a person who barely reads

    By sciencegeek94
    Other than the Steve Jobs bio, this book was truly eye opening. I'm ashamed to say that this is the second non-academic book I've read since elementary school. This was a very down-to-earth book and is awesome if applied to our life
  • One of the most important books I've ever read

    By Beairk
    The material is potentially life altering, and the author explains in completely accessible ways and in the context of some terrific stories. This is one of the most important books I've read, and if there is anything about your life that you'd like to change, this book could be of great help.
  • Life changing!

    By Sherman Oaks
    Wow what an amazing book. I would look forward every day to read this book. It's full of examples on how habitual we live our lives. It points out that ultimately we have the ability to create new habits so we can have new outcomes in the life we want to live. Definitely worth the money!
  • An Excellent Read!

    By Lux_XXVIII
    I appreciated the research done to write this book. There were lots of concepts to learn from & anyone reading this book will have something to take away from it. Made me analyze what my habits are & implement a plan for change.
  • Good read!

    By JuiceMan34
    The book is full of examples of habits, how they impact lives, and people within the scenarios have they've manage to adjust to new behaviors or change them. In that sense the book is motivational. It's a good read to begging highlighting some habits that may impacting a life in a negative way and figure out ways to Change and lead to others books to read for better self awareness and determine personal changes.
  • Not what I expected

    By DTW Mama
    This book is about the study and research of habits versus practical applications for everyday life. I was hoping for insight as to how I could increase my productivity. The stories are quite long and probably more tolerable if you are reading instead of listening. The first example lasted about 40 minutes. The preview of the book was the best part.

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