DiscoverYoung and Profiting with Hala Taha#146: Creating Powerful Habits with Charles Duhigg
#146: Creating Powerful Habits with Charles Duhigg

#146: Creating Powerful Habits with Charles Duhigg

Update: 2021-12-203


Ever wonder how our brain creates habits?

Today, we are talking with the Habit master, Charles Duhigg! Charles is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, a best-selling author, a former New York Times Reporter, and current a writer for the New Yorker Magazine. His book The Power of Habit, was on the NYT Bestseller list for over 3 years and has inspired a generation to create stronger habits in their lives. He is also the host of the How To! Podcast. His other book, Smarter Better Faster is also a NYT bestseller.

He is the founding host of the How To! podcast with Slate and the recipient of the George Polk award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and other honors. Charles speaks to a wide variety of audiences on topics ranging from how habits emerge and change within lives and companies to how idea brokers generate creativity.

In this episode, we hear about Charles’s childhood and his journey to becoming a writer. We’ll discuss Charles’ time as a reporter in Iraq and how his time there put him on the path to studying habits. We’ll also hear break down the key components to creating habits, and how a place like McDonalds can unknowingly affect our habits! If you want to learn critical skills to create meaningful habits, keep listening!

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00:47- Charles’ Childhood and Journey Into Writing

01:26 - The Power of Habit Origin

01:57 - Working in Iraq

5:39 - Habits in the Military

6:05 - What is A Habit

7:05 - Anatomy of the Brain

9:00 - Difference Between Memory and Habit

9:30 - Components of A Habit

16:30 - Cravings and How They Relate to Habits

18:00 - Mcdonalds And Cravings

21:20 - Supermarkets and Habits

24:24 - Social Media and Habit Loops

27:51 - How To Change A Habit

32:03 - Keystone Habits

35:51 - Charles’ Secret to Profiting in Life

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The Power of Habit-

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#146: Creating Powerful Habits with Charles Duhigg

#146: Creating Powerful Habits with Charles Duhigg

Hala Taha