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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

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95 out of 119 people found this review helpful.

Make It Or Break It

My usual habit is to pick up a mystery novel and engross myself in the imagined problems of nonfiction characters. I decided to change this habit and try this nonfiction book with the rather intriguing title that professed to help identify our habits and show us how to ...
My usual habit is to pick up a mystery novel and engross myself in the imagined problems of nonfiction characters. I decided to change this habit and try this nonfiction book with the rather intriguing title that professed to help identify our habits and show us how to change them. Habits are those things we initially choose to do, which have evolved, through repeated use into things we do without thinking. Written in language even I can understand, the book breaks down the pattern of habits into three parts that we can recognize and change. The author illustrates that by first identifying components of a habit, we can then work to change them. This is a self help book that may actually be of some help, if we want to change. This book was provided for review by Random House. Now, where did I put that mystery novel?

posted by Ronrose on February 21, 2012

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47 out of 61 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing at best

Although it was well written, I was disappointed because I thought I would be getting hands-in practical advise on how to create new habits within a more structured environment and not stories about other people's habits and how they overcame them. It was so boring to r...
Although it was well written, I was disappointed because I thought I would be getting hands-in practical advise on how to create new habits within a more structured environment and not stories about other people's habits and how they overcame them. It was so boring to read story after story with the same diagrams over and over. Just wasn't what I expected.

posted by 10039523 on March 5, 2012

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    This book gives an excellent clinical explanation of habit almos

    This book gives an excellent clinical explanation of habit almost to a molecular level. Where it fails in my view is practical advice in how to establish new habits. Sure there is a very basic process the challenge however is how to think about rewards. Its not difficult to create a habit in a monkey if in the end the reward is sweet syrup. For humans dealing with obesity, for example, the problem isn't that they don't know the routine to follow (eating less) the problem is that their current routine/habit has a reward "syrup" already and finding a more attractive near term reward is necessary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Boring

    I find this book to be a big yawn. The author gives examples of companies who have changed routines thus changing habits. I could really do without the copious amount of company stories. Not worth the money. Go to the library for this one!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Once you understand the concept, the book becomes overly repetitive

    Here's the concept: In life, people develop "habit loops": The get anxious, they have a cigarette, they calm down. By learning how to recognize these loops you can have a better control over your life by changing your trigger and reward system. Not the book I was expecting, mildly intersting but as I said, repetitive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Is it apprpriate for a ten year old?

    Is it?

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