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The Power of Habit ...in 30 Minutes

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Why does a company's shift in advertising transform a potential flop into a billion dollar industry? How does a CEO's decision to attack a single pattern among his employees turn one of the largest companies in America into a top performer in the Dow Jones? What was the path that led a small group of people to form the Civil Rights Movement? In his bestselling book The Pow ...more
Paperback, 52 pages
Published July 6th 2012 by Garamond Press
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Amelia
Oct 01, 2012 Amelia rated it it was amazing
I never realized how informative a summary could be until I read this compact version of Charles Duhigg's full-length novel. Good things come in small packages, after all. In simple language and patterns that were explained in laymen's terms, I learned how the patterns I've developed in life actually control my decision-making.

This knowledge was both scary and comforting. Knowledge is power, and understanding ourselves, as well as the patterns used against our own weakness, is exactly how we can
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Damon
Oct 22, 2012 Damon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Habits make up much of our everyday behavior, but we don't have to be slaves to them. "The Power of Habit... in 30 Minutes" is a bite-sized compendium to Charles Duhigg's self-help guide that illustrates key points about the source of habits, their structure, and how we can manipulate them to our benefit. Using real-world examples, like a woman's gambling addiction, he illustrates how changing habits can have long-lasting positive effects.

We are programmed as creatures of habit thanks to the bas
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Soumitra Sengupta
Jul 30, 2013 Soumitra Sengupta rated it really liked it
Succinct and powerful read to get insight into the human mind and behavior. Read to understand
1) Purpose of habits
2) How you can change your habits
3) Importance of willpower
4) How willpower can be acquired
Megan Bostic
Oct 01, 2012 Megan Bostic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a summary of the book by Charles Duhigg, an investigative reporter for the New York Times.
The idea behind the book is not only about making personal changes in your life, but about how creating or breaking habits can be a positive force in shaping corporations, social movements, and government. Also, habits can be made and broken, you only have to believe you can do it to succeed.

The book demonstrates the “Habit Loop” which includes, cues, routines, and rewards which contributes to the
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Kevin S.
Sep 18, 2012 Kevin S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE POWER OF HABIT IN 30 MINUTES by Charles Duhigg
Review by Kevin S.

The Power of Habit in 30 Minutes is a brief and succinct condensed version of Charles Duhigg’s full length volume. The slim volume, that can, indeed, be gone through in less than thirty minutes, briefly breaks down each chapter as well as the major points of Duhigg’s main argument that habits cannot be eliminated but only changed. The guide covers Duhigg’s breakdown of what a habit is and how its cycle of cues, or triggers, rout
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Jessica
Sep 24, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I am skeptical of "summary" books, but this was a really good read. I picked up the Summary e-cook of Charles Duhigg's book The Power of Habits in 30 Minutes as a part of my ongoing journey this year to change my personal belief systems, and the current "reality" of my life. Most books that I've read on the subject of changing our beliefs or mindsets use stories from individual people as examples. Duhigg brought in evidence from major US corporations and government institutions, which ...more
Nina O'Daniels
Jan 06, 2013 Nina O'Daniels rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is not a self-help book but mostly delves into the why and how we form habits. Not too scientific and might even be a good supplement to read in a psychology or marketing class. Lots of anecdotes about companies and how they focus on the habits of people in order to sell/market their product. Interesting and quick read.
Becky
Apr 17, 2014 Becky marked it as to-read
Recommended by a friend, I am not so interested in the business application as the effect on your personal life and habits. May skim over business chapters, just want to get some insight in how to change and make good habits. So far it is interesting.
Joey Man
Jan 02, 2014 Joey Man rated it really liked it
Interestig researches and insights. Straight to the point. Easy and fun to read. Definitely more aware of how habit affects my life and trick of replacing it. Still trying to apply it in daily life tho.
Marianne Chrisos
Sep 07, 2012 Marianne Chrisos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Power of Habit…in 30 Minutes is a short but straightforward discussion of Charles Dughigg’s full title The Power of Habit. In this version, the ideas behind and importance of habits, and how they affect our actions and ultimately our lives, are laid out clearly and concisely.

If you don’t have time to read the full version, The Power of Habit…in 30 Minutes, is a great read that still thoroughly covers all of the main points. All theimportant ideas are still covered, but in a shorter amount of
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Pam
Aug 24, 2012 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As noted in the title, habits have a powerful influence on all areas of your life. The Garamond Press provides a “SparkNotes” type, abridged summary of Duhigg’s book, The Power of Habit. Readers are provided with insights that can apply to personal relationships or business environments on how you can change your bad and/or ineffective habits. Duhiggs stated “You can’t extinguish a bad habit; you can only change it” and the book breaks downs the concepts that surrounds such change (how habits wo ...more
Blondie
Sep 13, 2012 Blondie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Quick and Comprehensive Summary

In this 30-minute summary book of The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, the author summarized how to acknowledge and gain power over our daily habits, which stems from the most primitive part of the human brain, the basal ganglion. There were many examples provided in the book that focused on Duhigg's idea of cues, leading to routine behavior, and thus reward of the triggered cues. Basically meaning, once we create a cue for something, it forces us to have a rout
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Cmarie72live.com
Sep 11, 2012 Cmarie72live.com rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A perfect afternoon read; short, quick and straight to the point!
It very simply explains how habits, good and bad, can be altered to suit your desires, ultimately changing the outcome of your life. Since its short, its an easy read, and the concept is generally basic; the words and descriptions are easy to grasp, not getting lost in scientific jumble. The fast track version breaks down the main topics in the Charles Duhiggs Bestseller, ultimately leaving you with only the facts and key examples
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Rebecca Farr
Sep 24, 2012 Rebecca Farr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Power of Habit...in thirty minutes” is a quick and concise summary of the popular
book, “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg, which discusses in detail habits and
what every person should know about changing them. Supported by scientific studies,
this summary takes the reader on a quick tour of how the brain forms habits, different
types of habits, and concludes with how to change those habits. Small boxes of
information throughout the chapters and end of chapter key points summarize Duhigg’s
i
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MoreSun
Apr 26, 2015 MoreSun rated it really liked it
The thing that its author wants to tell us is simple : The habit circle . But I think sometimes the examples gived by author are cockamamie .


(I'm a non-native of English ,so ,I'm very thankful if you could tell me the grammar mistakes I made.)
Jeff Mcneill
Apr 15, 2015 Jeff Mcneill rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
Ok, but forgetful. However, it is a quick reminder of the power of habit over us and the power of us over habit (knowing the mechanisms helps to some degree). The Paul O'Neill Alcoa story is the one I do remember. Quite powerful.
Paige
Oct 03, 2012 Paige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’re interested in learning about how big businesses like Target and Starbucks drive your purchasing power as a consumer, or how they run their business model, this is book you want. It’s an eye-opening look at how big business anticipates their consumers’ needs and how those understandings keep them successful in a tight consumer driven marketplace. It provides an insight to willpower, habitual behavior and learning to break those undesirable habits.
After reading this summary, I was inter
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Keri
Sep 25, 2012 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book, “A Concise Summary of Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit…in Thirty Minutes” is a thorough summary of “The Power of Habit”. The book does a great job summarizing the important key points in each chapter and is loaded with examples on how habits are created and changed. In addition, the book scientifically explains habits and gives helpful ways to change them. To change a habit, one must know what is triggering the routine (the cue) and then change the reward associated with the habit. ...more
Horacio Lyon
Jul 04, 2016 Horacio Lyon rated it it was amazing
Detalla el cómo y porqué tenemos hábitos, buenos y malos. Cómo se generan y modifican. Detalla muchos casos de aplicaciones reales ligadas al marketing y sociedad.
Nota: 9.0 HL
Dificultad de lectura: Baja
Laura
Aug 07, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks, meh, library, 2014
I'm sure the full book would be more gripping. This provided a good cursory view of the material though and I do feel like I understand it all well enough. It wasn't as helpful as I had hoped but it was quick.
Saraswathi Pulluru
Mar 06, 2014 Saraswathi Pulluru rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book! Rather than teaching things on a personal level, Charles investigates corporate and society habits and that's what makes the book different from others. Totally recommend.
Natacha Pavlov
Oct 02, 2012 Natacha Pavlov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
The Power of Habit… in 30 minutes is an informational summary of Charles Duhigg’s book. In this summary, the interesting topic of habits is explored, which affect areas of our lives such as shopping, working for/dealing with businesses, and societal and religious movements. We discover the ways that habits affect us and ways to change them, keeping in mind that belief plays an integral role in triggering change. Business tactics and the 70’s social rights movement also highlight the ways in whic ...more
Ronica
Nov 20, 2015 Ronica rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-discovery
Excellent summary - reminded me of what I thought when I read the full version.
Kara Russo
Sep 26, 2012 Kara Russo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If all books could be broken down into summaries like this one, I would buy them all! The layout of this book is phenomenal. Clear cut, concise chapters summarizing the bestselling book with a key points summary at the end of each chapter. For a person that is short on time, it’s a dream. The concept is simple – you can’t stop a bad habit but you can change it! The book follows along this simple rule and shows the reader how to include it in your everyday life. It’s certainly a new way to look a ...more
Joe Farhaven
Oct 25, 2015 Joe Farhaven rated it it was ok
A few interesting case studies, not not much insight.
Charissa Ty
Jun 17, 2014 Charissa Ty rated it it was amazing
Very interesting points argued. Definitely worth the read.
Laurencia Ciprus
Oct 20, 2012 Laurencia Ciprus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Straight and to the point...this version of the bestselling original is an eye opener that explains why do we do what we do when we know what we know. Employing examples of corporate consumer marketing at play like the power of the Cinnabon; the allure of Febreze. Habit is not accidental and by recognizing the triggers that keep us locked into old behaviors; change has a fighting chance. I loved the key points boxes at the end of each chapter and have recommended this as essential read with New ...more
ULIA SARI
Jan 25, 2016 ULIA SARI rated it it was amazing
I really want to read this book
Tri Ahmad Irfan
Mar 11, 2013 Tri Ahmad Irfan rated it liked it
The purpose of this book is too explain the brief concept in the original book : The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg. For that informative reason, this book owns. It really encourages me to read the original book.
Sharon Schweitzer
Nov 08, 2015 Sharon Schweitzer rated it it was amazing
Outstanding - helps illuminate why siblings from the same parents can develop different habits with either successful, less than desirable, mediocre, or disastrous results. Habits are choices.
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