The power of habit is written by Charles Duhigg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times.
It’s a must-read book for any aspiring CEO, building on the principle that it ‘matters more what you do every day than what you do every once in a while’.
The inspiration behind it
The author’s interest in the ‘power of habits’ comes from his own personal need to break some bad habits which he discusses early on in this book.
From there, Duhigg goes into detail about how habits work, both good and bad.
He also introduces ways that readers can use to harness the power of habits to improve their daily lives.
The power of keystone habits
The first part of this book explains how people who have formed or want to form new habits should go about doing it successfully.
The second half talks about ‘keystone habits‘ and ‘habit loops’ which can help readers understand the power, or powerlessness, of habits.
By understanding how their brains work and form habits, people can learn to find ways to use this power for good.
The author’s personal story
Duhigg talks about his own personal struggles and how he was able to overcome them through changing some bad habits into good ones.
For example, he finally quit smoking after developing an urge to do it because that is when the habit would be replaced by another one. Now instead of smoking when feeling stressed out, he goes running or goes for a walk.
The power of habit helped him improve his life in many different ways from helping him stop smoking to improving his career as a reporter.
The power of habit: a summary
Duhigg has written a powerful work on a topic people don’t usually think much about, but can really help control their lives.
What makes this book compelling, especially for business leaders or CEOs, is that he willingly talks about his own shortcomings and failures, demonstrating how habits are a viable way to bounce back and achieve success.
It’s also a topic that can resonate with all of us, since everybody is always on a journey of self improvement, and we all struggle to challenge the bad habits we have.
The reason it’s such an important book for leaders is that it builds on the importance of consistency. What er do every day is more important than an occasional flash of brilliance.
Habits are ultimately what will help us build long term success.