I’ve chosen to write this particular book summary because I found Charles Duhigg’s, “The Power of Habit; Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business,” to be very helpful. Reading Duhigg’s published work clarified things for me, regarding the behavior of myself and others, in ways I would never have imagined before picking up his book. Discovering, right here in this very first section, “Forty percent of what we do is based upon habits?” That was just the first of a few major eye opening tidbits of highly useful information.
At this point in his writing, Charles Duhigg, a reporter for the New York Times, tells us that he became interested in the power that habits have over people while covering stories in Bagdad during the Iraq War. Charles explains that he was intrigued by the United States Military’s ability to operate as well as they do, simply because they taught soldiers the right habits.
Mr. Duhigg tells us here that habits really can be changed once you understand how they are formed and what drives them. However, he informs us that we don’t necessarily have to change a bunch of different habits right off the mark in order to effect real transformation in our lives.
Charles tells us that focusing on one keystone habit, like deciding to quit smoking for instance, can cause a chain reaction that alters everything from the way we sleep, spend money, eat, exercise, etc. But, he points out here too, that one really needs to have a burning desire to change whichever negative keystone habit they choose into something positive.
We are informed in this section of Duhigg’s original work, too, that his book is divided into three parts. The first part will cover the formation of habits, changing old ones and creating new ones. The second part will explain how companies and organizations can use habits to become successful. Then, in the third part, societal habits will be explored.
However, in the third part of this book, we will also take a look at some ethical issues involving habits and murder, gambling, etc. Should someone really be punished legally if they are a compulsive gambler? Should we give someone a free pass if habits lead them to commit murder?
We’ll be looking at all of these things, and perhaps just a little bit more, in this publication of, “Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit Book Chapter Summary,” by, “Me,” following the topical outline delivered in Duhigg’s original work. This is one read I think you are going to have a lot of fun exploring from here on in!