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Believe me or not, but everything i’m Writing here is true. I’m a 20 y/o pretty normal male, living in England And this book has completely changed my life. I was a regular smoker of both tobacco and cannabis, and the routine change taught in this book, and the methods of distraction taught in this book has helped me so much. I just want to say Thanks to Charles for making such an enjoyable book, which has taught me a lot about habits. 10/10 would read again. Callum
“Self-help books” are like chain restaurants. There are too many of them, most of them are rubbish, but you can’t deny that they are useful.
Habit is a book that is extremely useful. We start off with some obvious but solid reminders of how what we perceive as excellence is habit. It’s not about “grit” as some other books would say.
Simply setting a reminder to go to bed and putting your trainers next to your bed every night is a better way to get exercising than watching motivational videos on YouTube. Humans look for the way way out. Make things easy. Create a reward loop and you will develop a habit.
After a solid start the book falters and diverges quickly. Stories become way too drawn out and - I would argue - not relevant to the reason most people buy this book. We get a long chapter on how supermarkets are monitoring our shopping habits via reward cards and can tell if your are pregnant from your food grocery list.
We have a chapter that massively drags on how a cassino kept a gambler coming back but stimulating her habit and reminding her of the rewards (debt in this case).
Like many self help books, you want to throw it out the window at times. But it’s got a solid thesis. I now keep my trainers next to my bed and have created a habit I never thought feasible. Thus the book is worth it’s weight of gold. It’s just got a core of lead to go along with it.
I bought this book so I could learn more about habits within an organisation. I quickly realised those habits were too deep and moved on so the book became less relevant. Picking it up again several months later, I see that it explores habits of individuals and society rather than just organisations so I decided that it might be interesting. Quickly I found myself engrossed by the ideas explored in this book. Lots of examples and research is examined to look at how habits form and how they can be changed. The book is split into three sections - individuals, organisations and society in general. I found the first two sections extremely engaging but thought that the society narrative was slightly less well defined and held my interest less. Very cleverly, real people are used to prove theories and familiar companies are used as examples of habit changes. I was surprised how interesting I found this book and have talked about it to various people whilst I was reading.
Habit is a choice that we deliberately make at some point and then stop thinking about it, but continue doing, often every day. Author in this book examines why some people and organizations struggle to change while others seem to rediscover themselves by building a compelling argument around the power of habits.
This book is divided into three parts. Each part explains a different aspect of why habits exist and how they function.
The examples used in this book are so powerful and relevant that reader will feel a lot of wow moments. This is one of the books which we need to read again and again.
I was looking for something more substantial, but this very much a run of the mill, formulaic pop-psychology book. Buying it is not necessary. Essentially the book says "when you are triggered to do a bad habit, recognize that trigger and do a good habit in its place." There; you just read the book.
Habit formation and change is one of the most important topics in human behaviour. The author squanders the readers time with 274 pages (plus another 100 pages of annex and notes) indulging in his rambling story telling about the history of habit research, key patients and monkeys (e.g. "Julio" on p.45) No - I kid you not!
THE WRITER COMPLETELY AVOIDS PROVIDING CONCISE AND INSTRUCTIVE GUIDANCE. Just rambling story telling!
Therefore, if you are in the habit of buying books you afterwards deeply regret having spent time reading and are keen to extend this bad habit, then and only then is this the prefect book for you.
HOWEVER, IF YOU WANT A USEFUL GUIDE IN HOW TO ESTABLISH GOOD HABITS AND CHANGE NOT SO GOOD ONES THEN DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND SKIP THIS USELESS BOOK!
Ja, es sind ein paar schöne und lehrreiche Beispiele drin. Aber leider sooo viel Geschwafel. Man merkt schnell, der Autor Charles Duhigg ist New York Times Reporter und liebt das Ausschmücken von Inhalten. Wieder eines dieser Bücher, deren Kern man auf 10 Seiten zusammenfassen kann. Geduld war das Zauberwort. Ohne Speed Reading wäre das Buch die reinste Qual, wenn man auf der Suche nach relevantem Inhalt ist (den der Buchtitel eigentlich verspricht!). Denn die Beispiele sind exzessiv bis ins letzte unnötige Detail ausgeschmückt. Wenn jemand pure Freude am Lesen hat und gerne auch mal entspannt Romane liest und sich dabei gleichzeitig ein wenig weiterbilden möchte, für den ist das Buch genau richtig.
This is an absolutely fascinating book. At first glance you might think that this is another naff self-help book, but it is so much better than that. This is a book about human behaviour. It is an important book for understanding individuals and society.