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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
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Published July 6th 2012 by Garamond Press
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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
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
Kevin S.
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
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
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.
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.
Soumitra Sengupta
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
Joey Man
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.
Megan Bostic
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
Marianne Chrisos

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
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
Jessica Green
Form a Habit of Self Improvement in 30 Minutes

The information provided in A Concise Summary of Charles Duhiggs’ The Power of Habit…in 30 Minutes goes beyond the garden variety “how to get rid of all your bad habits” self-help program. The summary dissects scientific, business and even personal studies on how individuals (section 1), companies (section 2) and society (section 3) develops and does away with bad habits.

Duhiggs’ assertion that “habits can be changed if we understand how they work”
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
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 it´s short, it´s 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 Duhigg´s Bestseller, ultimately leaving you with only the facts and key exampl
Rebecca Farr
“The Power of 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
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
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
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
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 P
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
Kara Russo
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
Charissa Ong ty
Very interesting points argued. Definitely worth the read.
Laurencia Ciprus
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
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.
John Douglas
A good and easy read, builds from one's known responses to new possibilities - Duhigg gives a balance of life "diagnosis and prescriptions" for change and positive habit formation and support . . .
short and concise to chew up the keys of change in habit in short time !
Reinis Ikass
A really poor summary of the book The Power of Habit.
The "Quicklet" version of 40 pages was great.
Decent read
Linda marked it as to-read
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