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The Power of Habit PDF-This instant classic explores how we can change our lives by changing our habits.

Named one of the best books of the year byThe Wall Street Journal and 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.

“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)

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Charles Duhigg (born 1974) is an American journalist and non-fiction author. He was a reporter for The New York Times, currently writes for The New Yorker Magazine and is the author of two books on habits and productivity, titled The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business and Smarter Faster Better. In 2013, Duhigg was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory ing for a series of 10 articles on the business practices of Apple and other technology companies.
Early life and education
Charles Duhigg was born in 1974 in New Mexico. He graduated from Yale University and earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.[1]

Duhigg is a former Los Angeles Times staff writer. Between 2006 and 2017, he was a reporter at The New York Times.[2] He currently writes for The New Yorker Magazine and other publications.

Duhigg led a team of New York Times reporters who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory ing for a series of 10 articles about the business practices of Apple and other technology companies.[3][4] Duhigg wrote or co-wrote the series Toxic Waters,[5] Golden Opportunities,[6] and was part of the team that wrote The Reckoning.[7]

Duhigg’s book about the science of habit formation, titled The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business,[8] was published by Random House on February 28, 2012. An extract was published in The New York Times entitled “How Companies Learn Your Secrets.”[9] The Power of Habit has spent over three years on The New York Times’s bestseller lists.

He is also the author of Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business,[10] which was released on March 8, 2016. It became a New York Times Best Seller on March 27, 2016.[11]

Personal life
Duhigg resides in Santa Cruz, California.[12] His sister, Katy Duhigg, is an attorney and politician who is a member of the New Mexico Senate.[13]

2007 George Polk Award[14]
2007 Heywood Broun Award[15]
2008 Hillman Prize[12]
2008 Gerald Loeb Award Honorable Mention for Beat Writing for “Golden Opportunities”[16]
2009 Scripps Howard National Journalism Award[17]
2009 Investigative ers and Editors Medal[18]
2009 Gerald Loeb Award for Large Newspapers for “The Reckoning”[19]
2010 United States National Academies National Academies Communication Award,[20]
2010 Society of Environmental Journalists Investigative ing Award[21]
awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers,[22] the Deadline Awards,[23] and the John B. Oakes Awards[24]
2013, with other The New York Times reporters, Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory ing, for a series of 10 articles on the business practices of Apple and other technology companies.[25][26]
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business[27][28][29]
Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
“The Enablers: Venture capitalists used to exert discipline on startups. Now they often encourage recklessness”, The New Yorker, 30 November 2020, pp. 38–47.

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  • Listening Length 10 hours and 53 minutes
    Author Charles Duhigg
    Narrator Mike Chamberlain
    Whispersync for Voice Ready Release Date February 28, 2012
    Publisher Random House Audio
    Program Type Audiobook
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Speed Reader 515 “I really wanted to like this book…

But what I wanted more than that were clear and concrete tactics or strategies to “hack” my habits…Strategies and tactics that were groundbreaking, clear, repeatable, and effectively “life changing”…

Nope. Not so much.

I grade content quality by number of under-linings, margin notes, and folded pages I’ve set at the end of the read…

It scored extremely low in all of those categories. So it’s not particular dense with usefulness.

A few other things I didn’t like…

This book is 95% story, or anecdote. I’m not really into stories. I’d read a novel for a story. I read non-fiction to learn something useful- and prefer to do it quickly.

The stories themselves are delivered non-sequentially…
For example:
story A beginning
story B beginning
story C beginning
Story D beginning

To understand story A we need to story B. To understand story B we need story C. To understand story C we need story D.

Then story A’s middle or ending
Then story B’s middle or ending
Then story C’s middle or ending
Then story D’s middle or ending

It might be interesting to write this way, but it’s an irritating read. Who wants their thought sequences disparate like this?

This distracting structure could have been redeemed if there were meaningful conclusions or anything actionable amidst the mire.

But there was not.

Overall, is it worth reading? Yes…if you have nothing else very interesting to read.”


Quiel “Two halves coexist within this book’s covers. One is outstanding; the other is a bit sloppy. Part one is the heart of the book; it explains what habits are about, where they come from, how they’re hard-wired into our brains, and how they can be enormously powerful —both to enslave us and to free us if we only we learn how to handle them well (the book’s mission). I found this part of the book to be truly outstanding: well-researched, engagingly written and extremely persuasive. It combines scientific research, personal life-stories and journalistic interviews to great effect.

While the 1st part is circumscribed to the individual level of analysis, on parts 2 and 3 the author takes the analysis from the micro to organizations (meso-level) and societies (macro-level). The author describes “the power of weak ties” of social networks, and claims that it helps understand the rise of social movements —which it clearly does. But in his explanation, networks are rebranded as “the habit of peer pressure”. Networks —as well as peer pressure, or culture— can be powerful forces for change, undoubtedly. But networks are not habits —as per his own definition. Different phenomena are conflated into the concept of habits, and in doing so the concept loses elegance and consistency.

Intellectually, the book is revealing. On a personal level, it is incredibly useful —and I’m thankful to the author for writing it. I would have limited the book claims to the phenomena it can explain beyond any reasonable doubt. By taking the concept of habits beyond what it can solidly explain, parts 2 & 3 detract a bit of value and credibility from the book. Were it not for that, I would have given 5 stars to the book. In balance, this is still a great book that –with the caveat expressed– I strongly recommend.”

Atul Kumar Singh “Before I begin my book review, for those who are planning to purchase this book, they must know what this book WILL NOT offer you (in case you’re looking for below points):
1. This book will not help you inculcate habits or help you in forming new habits
2. This book will not dramatically change your life (in case you were hoping so. If you wish to change your life dramatically, you’ll have to help your own self)
3. This book will not help you get rid of your bad habits.Now that we’re clear with what this book doesn’t offer, let us look at what this book offers:
1. The book will tell you how habits work and how are they formed (the scientific approach). So it does not directly help you in forming new habits or getting rid of bad ones, but you can try applying the scientific approach described in the book and see if it helps you or not.
2. The book will help you understand the power of habits among individuals, organizations and societies through powerful and impactful examples
3. The book will describe various instances and stories around products, instances, and individuals etc, to emphasize on the importance of habits and how we can use habits to our advantage.
The book helps you understand why habits are at the very core of anything you do, how you can change them (scientific approach), and what impact that will have on your business, life and society.

The book is primarily divided into 3 parts
Part 1 – Habits of Individuals
Part 2 – Habits of Successful Organisations
Part 3 – Habits of Societies

The book is written by Pulitzer-prize winning author Charles Duhigg, and was first published in 2012. It is one of the bestseller in the ‘Self-help’ category. Duhigg wrote this book when he got fascinated by the intelligence of a US army major in Iraq, who controlled numerous riots by persuading the town’s mayor to keep food vendors away from gatherings. When people couldn’t satisfy their hunger with food, as they usually did (put of habit), they just left. Duhigg published this book after a lot of research, 8 years after this incident.

Now that you know what led to creation of this book, let’s look at the book summary:

1. Habits work in 3-step loops: cue, routine, reward. The cue is what triggers you to do the habit. The routine is the behavior you then automatically engage in. Lastly, you’ll receive a reward for completing the routine. Example: You get up every morning (Cue), make coffee (routine) and have a rich tasting coffee with a great aroma (reward).

2. You can change your habits by substituting just one part of the loop, the routine. The trick to changing a habit then, is to switch the routine, and leave everything else intact.

3. Your most important habit is willpower, and you can strengthen it over time in 3 ways. These three ways are:
– Do something that requires a lot of discipline. – For example a tough wake-up regimen or strict diet will make you constantly practice delaying gratification and thus give you more willpower
– Plan ahead for worst-case scenarios.
– Preserve your autonomy – When you’re assigned tasks by someone else, which you must do, your willpower muscle tires much quicker.

4. Keystone Habits are those habits which help you transform other habits. Figuring out these habits and working on them can create great transformation. Example – Getting up early can be a keystone habit that can have a positive impact on your other spheres of life such as having breakfast daily without skipping it, reaching work on time, having more time throughout the day for various tasks etc.
The author describes this with wonderful example of Alcoa’s transformation by Paul Neill.

5. Every small habit is like a small win. And a series small wins will help you form a routine/habit. Small wins are a steady application of a small advantage. Once a small win has been accomplished, forces are set in motion that favors another small win. Small wins fuel transformative changes by leveraging tiny advantages into patterns that convince people that bigger achievements are within reach.
The author describes this with the story Michael Phelps, the world renowned swimmer.

6. Transformation is always easier in groups, rather than alone or in isolation. Example – If you have a gym buddy, you’re more likely to hit the gym, than skip it.

7. Good leaders seize crises to remake organizational habits. In fact, crises are such valuable opportunities that a wise leader often prolongs a sense of emergency on purpose. The author describes this with transformation of a subway station after a major fire broke out killing many people.

8. People’s habits are more likely to change when they go through a major life event. To encourage people to practice new behavior, it needs to take advantage of patterns that already exists within them. Author uses example of the hypermarket chain Target, and how it uses customer’s demographics and spending habits to extract key inferences that help them sell relevant products to these consumers.

9. Social change and movement only happen with the existence of the weak link – the change as a whole within a group of people without a direct connection – and the strong link – the change of people around with close relationship (peer pressure). The author describes the movement in Montgomery against racial discrimination and how the movement gathered momentum.

10. Habits emerge within the brain and often, we don’t have the ability to control them, but we’re conscious and aware of them. With that said, it’s still our responsibility to cultivate our own habits and take charge of our own life.

The book is filled with multiple stories and instances that reiterate how important habits are and how we can use them to our advantage. I hope this was helpful! Thanks.

Favorite Quote from the book:
“The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.” – Charles Duhigg”



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