Aristotle is famously quoted as saying “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.” Many people often begrudgingly lament their bad habits, and wish for the ability to change them. In the book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, the author Charles Duhigg provides us all with that ability. The book describes the various ways that habits impact society, and the author describes these habits at three levels: Individuals, Successful Organizations and Societies. In all three instances, he provides evidence as to why these habits have so much influence and deconstructs exactly how habits operate in our daily life.
Charles Duhigg is a celebrated investigative journalist and Pulitizer Prize winner. In The Power of Habit, he operates on the premise that in order to change a habit one must first be in the possession of knowledge regarding the operation of habits. Duhigg uses examples from the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies to the professional sports world in order to bring to life his hypothesis, one which he argues will apply to the most commonly desired habits that will drive weight loss or increased wealth and productivity. By sharing with others the scientific reasons why habits have a hold on us, Duhigg hopes to help people create better habits and ultimately help to create a better world.