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  • Paperback: 54 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (26 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1497465435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1497465435
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D543 on 2 Oct 2014
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A quick read as it says. Gives you a synopsis of the full book so you can decide if you want to buy it or not. There is a part at the end where the author gives his opinion of the complete work but that of course is only his opinion. You need to make up your own mind on it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Complacency hinders progress 31 Mar 2014
By Christine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a fascinating peek into Charles DuHigg's The Power of Habit. It breaks the full content of his book into bite-size pieces easily understood and absorbed by the reader. Let's face it; we all have habits we need to change. Notice I didn't say break? I learned that in this summary.

It begins with an explanation of habits formed by people, companies, and societies, and demonstrates the three-part mechanics of the `habit loop". Once you understand how it works--recognizing cravings---you can learn to manipulate it to your advantage. Oftentimes habits are great things, but this book focuses on those that hold us back.

I was especially interested to learn about "keystone habits" and how they can cause a chain reaction. For instance, with a keystone habit, you set a fantastic goal you are nowhere near achieving at the moment and begin to make it happen with a single habit change. It's like a domino effect, and once you read about it, it makes a ton of sense.

There are several excerpts of case studies on people, many of them famous, who took control of creating new habits and are enjoying great success both personally and professionally.

This is an inspiring read about change and commitment and I got a greater understanding of what exactly makes a habit tick. I also learned it's important to harness your willpower and take control of your habits before they end up taking you for a ride.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Habit Loops To Help With Every Day Life 31 Mar 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Charles Duhigg puts out an incredible idea, that there are loops of habits that could in fact change the way you live your life. Separated into 3 different parts, you get to see what you can do to change your daily routine for the better. From getting up in the morning, to losing weight, and so much more. You will find yourself taking the advice given here and acting out in a much more positive manner.

If you want to break bad habits, or you just want to be more aware of how creative you can be, Duhigg’s ideas can help. This summary was easy to read, gave me the meat of the book, and has started to change the way I work as a freelance writer. I definitely recommend it. If you are in a rut, or are just having a hard time pushing through the mud on a regular basis, this one is going to change your thought process, and give you a new lease on your life.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Insightful and useful summary.. 9 May 2014
By Sarah M - Published on Amazon.com
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Based on the summary, it is found that a habit has three components: a cue, a routine and a reward. Over time, the routine becomes so habitual that the person anticipates the reward and receives almost as much pleasure from the anticipation as from the reward itself — a phenomenon known as craving. The anticipation of lighting a cigarette, for example, can bring nearly as much pleasure as inhaling the first puff of smoke.

The key to changing habits is not to avoid the cues or to change the rewards, most research shows. Rather, it involves changing the routine that leads from cue to habit. A very insightful and useful summary to change habits.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Habit forming? 1 April 2014
By J. D. Camorlinga - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg - A 30-minute Summary by InstaRead Summaries. Just like their other summaries (I have read My Age of Anxiety, HRC and Daring Greatly), this book clearly and concisely presents material in a way that is easy to breeze through, but retains the critical info of its source. Though it is short, it is “full,” and helpfully gets to the point. I appreciate summaries like this because they help me make an informed choice about whether I want to purchase the original book. The summary offers a book overview at the start (it helps orient you and prepare you for diving in), as well as a list of characters (so you aren’t confused when you jump in with a bit more limited information).

Duhigg’s The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business delves into the common human experience of habits; how they are formed, how they can become compounded, how others have controlled them, and what that means for the reader. It was a thoroughly interesting and introspection-inducing read.

By now, I am a big fan of InstaRead Summaries and will definitely be recommending and reading more of them in the future.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Summary 21 May 2014
By Michael B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was not sure if I was going to buy this book because I had heard from some friends that it was essentially a rehash of what is already known about habit building and that it didn't contain much actionable info. So I bought this summary instead and sure enough the summary proved that my hunch was right. The summary was quite readable and worth the money. Glad I didn't spend the money or time to read the whole book.
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