The Power of Habit

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name: The Power of Habit
author: Charles Duhigg
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isbn: 081298160X

The key messages of the book are: (1) there exists “keystone habits” that can reprogram other habits and (2) the concept of the ‘habit loop’ — cue, routine, and reward.

Prologue: The habit cure

“All out life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits,” William James wrote in 1892.

Part one: the habits of individuals

That’s the rule: If you use the same cue, and provide the same reward, you can shift the routine and change the habit. Almost any behavior can be transformed if the cue and reward stay the same.

Part two: the habits of successful organizations

This is how willpower becomes a habit: by choosing a certain behavior ahead of time, and then following that routine when an inflection point arrives.

Part three: the habits of societies