The Power of Habit

I had expected this to be more of a how-to for habit change.  This was not the book I expected it to be, but I’m glad I read it.  The stories are interesting and there is an appendix at the end with a framework and guide to using the ideas.  There is a lot more to the book, but if you want to cut to the very high-level summary of how to work on your own habits, here you go:

  • Identify the routine
  • Experiment with rewards
  • Isolate the cue 
  • Have a plan
One of my favorite stories is that of why it feels so good to go into a Starbucks.  I’ve often wondered about the consistency across stores of friendly employees.   Another of the many more is about Michael Phelps training.


The author is Charles Duhigg and the full title of the book is The Power of Habit.  Why we do what we do in life and business.