As part of my goal to read 100 top business and personal growth books, the first book I randomly picked was “The Power of Habit” By Charles Duhigg. Overall I loved the book and it was easy to stay engaged for all 6 hours of it.
In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation. – https://charlesduhigg.com/the-power-of-habit/
What Did I Like?
This book had a great way of being really relatable in life and business. I could really dig into some of the concepts and apply it to my life. For example, the book talked about a girl who had a problem biting her nails. Her psychologist told her to write down when she felt like biting her nails and it allowed her to notice her cues.
This girl would bite her nails when she was bored and it was a form of physical connection for herself. By recognizing this, it was easy for her to notice when she was bored and start to change the habit by giving herself the connection that she desired, in a less destructive way. I think they settled on her knoging on the table or desk, which gave her body a physical spark.
It didn’t relate to me because I’m a compulsive nail biter. (i’m not) But I do have habits of going to the skatepark and sitting in the same spot and doing the exact same lines. I could look at that habit and say that I do that because Im in that starting spot. By adjusting the habit and starting at a different side of the park, it drastically changes the outcome of my session.
What did I dislike?
To be honsest I can’t think of a bad site of this book. I was fully engaged and I learned a lot. It was broken down into enough chunks that I could re-listen to hard to understand concepts.
There is a story in here about a guy who essentially loses his memory. He is able to remember everything in his life up until his accident. But anything from the accident onward he only has about 2 minutes before his memory resets. His wife has to take care of him because he can’t find his way around his house, he can’t even draw a map of his house.
One thing that is quickly pointed out in the book, is that he still has his habits. Like making eggs and bacon every morning. Sometimes he would do this multiple times a day. It was pointed out that this was caused by his cues. “Cue: Wake up” “Habit: Cook breakfast” so if he went back to sleep after breakfast, waking up again would trigger his breakfast habit.
Even though he had no short term memory, he could do things that were programmed in his brain. This was just crazy to hear. It says that our habits act out of a different part of our brain which makes us really good at them but bad a recognizing them.
Next is Blue Ocean Strategy.
Check out my book experience here