The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

By Les Schafer

You might be asking yourself why this recruiter is writing this short review of this book and for that matter why you should care. Truth be told, we here at Germer International are constantly on a journey of growth. We are trying to be better recruiters, co-workers, client managers, friends, spouses, parents, the list goes on.

On this journey we are always on the search for what is out there that we can digest to help us be better at what we do. I read this book back in 2016 when I was looking for ways to help me fine tune my daily work routine.  What could I do to make it better and to produce better results?  I realized I had some habits that I thought I could improve but I didn’t know how so I turned to this book.

This book highlights how habits are formed, identified and changed. The author uses information from experts in both academia and industry to show us from many different angles what a habit is and why we continue to do the habit (be it a good habit or a bad habit). A lot of it has to do with how we are wired from birth (our DNA) and how we are raised.

I enjoyed this book a lot, it was written in a similar style like Tipping Point, or Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance or even Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

I felt Charles Duhigg did an excellence job of demystifying what a habit is, and he also left you with a road map and guidelines for how to change a habit.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is on a journey of self-improvement and who is looking to gain an edge in their next level of development and leadership (personally or professionally).

Happy reading!