Book 2: The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits.

William James

What a brilliant, brilliant book.

What a surprise too. I have seen this book hundreds of times in shops and owned it for a few years. It looked like an important book to read but I had no idea just how readable it was, nor how immediately practical and useful it would be.

Honestly this book will make you rethink your own life — in a good way. You’ll see your own constellation of habits and routines in a different way. It will give you a deeper understanding of your behaviour, show you how intimately we are tied to our own particular habits and it will help you build a roadmap to actual change.

Upon finishing this book, I went online straight away and bought a hard copy to have at home— something I have only done 2 or 3 times in the past 150+ books.

As well, I also pushed aside my scheduled read to continue reading the author. I picked up his second book ‘Smarter, Faster, Better’ last year and though I’m vary of productivity books — Duhigg is a master writer who will no doubt bring his unique skillset to bear on the topic. He pulls resources and research from far and wide, which is not surprising given his day job as an investigative journalist for The New York Times but he also has a surprising gift for pace and narrative — reminiscent of someone like Malcolm Gladwell.

If you need more detailed information there’s lots of reviews and summaries online, I just wanted to get across what an important read this is.

It should be on every high school curriculum.

If you’re late to the game on this one like me, buy this book and read it.

5 stars from me, this is a modern classic.

Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.

Benjamin Franklin

11 thoughts on “Book 2: The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

  1. I have seen this book around but haven’t picked it up-sounds interesting. I am a creature of habit- I think this is something I need to read. Great review.

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  2. This book was a game-changer for me; started me on a trajectory that I’ve yet to exit, from daily exercise to leaning how to juggle (Seth Godin did help me with that particular skill). Really glad to see you’ve found this great book, Jeremy. His next book, Smarter, Faster, Better is pretty good to- on my queue for a re-read.

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      1. It was marketed as explaining the science of meditation and really had very little about that. As a beginners or intro book I think it could be good, but I was so annoyed by the misleading marketing, it didn’t work for me.

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