Charles Duhigg Quotes

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You have to actually believe in your capacity to change for habits to permanently change.
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Between calculated risk and reckless decision-making lies the dividing line between profit and loss.
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A few decades ago, many people didn’t drink water outside of a meal. Then beverage companies started bottling the production of far-off springs, and now office workers unthinkingly sip bottled water all day long.
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Calling out people for not voting, what experts termpublic shaming,’ can prod someone to cast a ballot.
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The Great Bailout is mostly over for the banks. But for those troubled behemoths of the nation’s housing bust, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the lifeline from Washington just keeps getting longer.
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The cooperation of NASCAR – or any other system, it turns out – persists only when everyone believes he has the opportunity to win.
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The desire to collect information on customers is not new for Target or any other large retailer, of course. For decades, Target has collected vast amounts of data on every person who regularly walks into one of its stores.
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Back when Detroit was the head of auto manufacturing, it was clear where profits were created. Right? A car was made in Detroit. There was little argument that you could make that some of the money from that should be sent overseas to Ireland.
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Barium, which is commonly found in power plant waste and scrubber wastewater, has been linked to heart problems and diseases in other organs.
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Charles Wyly was born Oct 13, 1933, in Lake Providence, La., and for a period lived with his family in a shack without electricity or plumbing.
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Medicare‘s top officials said in 2006 that they had reduced the number of fraudulent and improper claims paid by the agency, keeping billions of dollars out of the hands of people trying to game the system.
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Prosecutors say it would be next to impossible to get one teen to testify in court that another had slipped him or her a copied disc at lunchtime. And besides, isn’t sharing music a time-honored part of teen friendship?
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For Aristotle, habits reigned supreme. The behaviors that occur unthinkingly are the evidence of our truest selves.
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Once you break a habit into its components, you can fiddle with the gears.
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In 1688, Edward Lloyd opened a coffeehouse on London‘s seafront popular among underwriters, men in powdered wigs with mathematical minds and steely constitutions who offered to compensate owners if their boats were lost at sea.
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Companies are very, very goodbetter than consumers themselves – at knowing what consumers are actually craving.
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It’s an open secret that if a debtor is willing to wait long enough, he can probably get away with paying almost nothing, as long as he doesn’t mind hurting his credit score.
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It almost goes without saying that when you are a startup, one of the first things you do is you start setting aside money to defend yourself from patent lawsuits, because any successful company, even moderately successful, is going to get hit by a patent lawsuit from someone who’s just trying to look for a payout.
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There are supply chains that exist in China and Asia now which the U.S. simply can’t replicate.
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Public employee unions, in their defense, say politicians have unfairly made them into simplistic bogeymen, responsible for problems that have myriad causes. Not all government workers receive generous pensions, they note.
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Some say because music is as much about personal expression as listening pleasure, sharing is integral to why songs have value in the first place.
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Economists at the National Bureau of Economic Research and University of Chicago persuasively argue that one of the biggest reasons for the nation’s current obesity epidemic is that food is now so much cheaper and easier to prepare.
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As America becomes an older nation, it is also, by some measures, becoming sicker.
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Some officials overseeing local water systems have tried to go above and beyond what is legally required. But they have encountered resistance, sometimes from the very residents they are trying to protect, who say that if their water is legal, it must be safe.
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In 1940, Germany toppled France in 20 days, and the panzerdivizion symbolized war’s shift from drawn-out conflicts using massive fortifications to rapid-fire engagements built around manned, motorized armor.
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Cash from a reverse mortgage can be paid out in several ways, including a lump sum, a monthly payment, a line of credit, or a combination of those. If you do not need money right away, it is usually a bad idea to take all the money upfront, since it starts accumulating interest charges immediately.
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One goal of the Clean Water Act of 1972 was to upgrade the nation’s sewer systems, many of them built more than a century ago, to handle growing populations and increasing runoff of rainwater and waste.
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Analysts say that one reason Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were privatized in the first place was to prevent political whims from dominating the mortgage marketplace.
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Fannie Mae has traditionally only bought and sold mortgages. But when a loan held by the company goes into foreclosure, Fannie Mae gains ownership of the underlying property until it is resold to new investors.
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Habits are malleable throughout your entire life.
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Typically, when there are corporate habits that undermine individuals, it has emerged without any sort of central planning. Nobody sits down and says, ‘I’m going to create an evil habit for this corporation.’
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Fraudulent and improper payments have long bedeviled Medicare, a $466 billion program. In particular, payments for durable medical equipment, like power wheelchairs and diabetic test kits, are ripe for fraud.
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In the 1970s, New York City defaulted on its debt, and yes, the consequences were painful. Enrollment plummeted at City University campuses, which until then had offered free education. Seven thousand police officers were laid off. Crime skyrocketed. Services for the poor disappeared.
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Habits, scientists say, emerge because the brain is constantly looking for ways to save effort.
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Your brain will eventually enjoy exercise for exercise sake, right; endorphins and endocannabinoids will create a sense of reward, but it doesn’t know that at first.
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Research suggests that investment bankers are more prone to commit fraud when they feel the competitor at their heels.
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Entrepreneurs do not try and create new types of smartphone technologies now because they know it’s pointless: They’re going to get sued almost immediately.
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Conditions in Chinese factories are harsh. They’re much harsher than they are in, for instance, the United States or any Western nation.
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Millions of people with respiratory diseases have relied on oxygen equipment, delivered to their homes, to help them breathe.
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Some financial advisers say anyone who may move in less than seven years should not take out a reverse mortgage.
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Our brain is essentially programmed to enjoy carbohydrates because they give us a sense of fullness and a rush of pleasure. When people go on low-carb diets, they start to almost subconsciously experience distress from eating carbohydrates.
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At some point, if you’re changing a really deep-seated behavior, you’re going to have a moment of weakness.
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When marketers influence habits, they influence peoples’ self-identity. And so when a group or company does something that doesn’t correspond to our core values, it feels like a betrayal.
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General Atomics, the progenitor of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, started life in 1955 when a major military contractor, General Dynamics, feared that the military hardware market might dry up. It began exploring peacetime uses of atomic energy, but abandoned the effort when cold-war military spending took off.
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Someone once described Ken Lewis to me as the most competitive person in the history of the United States, including the Union Army.
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Like solo sailors venturing into the Southern Ocean, climbers are seduced by risk. The desire to push to a summit or scale a rock face is so strong that they consciously or subconsciously minimize safety precautions drilled into their brains.
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Cravings are what drive habits. And figuring out how to spark a craving makes creating a new habit easier.
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Merrill Lynch is this hugely prestigious brand.
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I am going to pick on ‘Huffington Post.’ A lot of its content is great. They are doing a lot of original content now, but historically, a lot of what they did was aggregation. Newspapers don’t want to become that, and yet ‘Huffington Post’ is incredibly popular. It’s incredibly successful.
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The Safe Drinking Water Act was passed in 1974 after tests discovered carcinogens, lead and dangerous bacteria flowing from faucets in New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Boston and elsewhere.
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There’s something really powerful about groups and shared experiences. People might be skeptical about their ability to change if they’re by themselves, but a group will convince them to suspend disbelief. A community creates belief.
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It’s easy to forget, given her scandal-tinged life and tragic death, how incredibly talented Whitney Houston was. She holds the world record as the most-awarded female act of all time, with over 415 major recognitions during her career. She is the only artist to chart seven consecutive number one songs.
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Because the fees associated with a reverse mortgage are high, such loans make sense only for borrowers who expect to live in their home for a number of years.
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During the 1970s and 1980s, Congress distributed more than $60 billion to cities to make sure that what goes into toilets, industrial drains and street grates would not endanger human health.
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For years, agency officials said that atrazine in drinking water posed almost no risk to humans or the environment.
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Atrazine – a herbicide often used on corn fields, golf courses and even lawns – has become one of the most common contaminants in American drinking water.
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When the mortgage giant Fannie Mae recruited Daniel H. Mudd, he told a friend he wanted to work for an altruistic business. Already a decorated marine and a successful executive, he wanted to be a role model to his four children – just as his father, the television journalist Roger Mudd, had been to him.
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The more you focus, the more that focus becomes a habit.
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Older Americans are perfect telemarketing customers, analysts say, because they are often at home, rely on delivery services, and are lonely for the companionship that telephone callers provide.
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Lawmakers in both political parties have often acceded to unions’ requests to avoid political confrontations or to curry favor. They have pushed difficult choices into the future.
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For years, many public health campaigns that aimed at changing habits have been failures.
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Union leaders argue that pension shortfalls account for a proportionally tiny portion of governmentsfinancial problems, and by all accounts, there are plenty of parties to blame for the growth in payrolls and obligations.
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The problem is that your brain can’t tell the difference between bad and good habits, and so if you have a bad one, it’s always lurking there, waiting for the right cues and rewards.
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What studies say the number one best way to start an exercise habit is to give yourself a reward that you genuinely enjoy.
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You’re much better off creating positive rewards, complimenting people for acting correctly, rather than punishing them when they act incorrectly.
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Self-discipline has a bigger effect on academic performance than does intellectual talent.
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A huge amount of success in life comes from learning as a child how to make good habits. It’s good to help kids understand that when they do certain things habitually, they’re reinforcing patterns.
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State and federal studies indicate that thousands of water and sewer systems may be too old to function properly.
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As cities have grown rapidly across the nation, many have neglected infrastructure projects and paved over green spaces that once absorbed rainwater.
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In 1980, a woman promised her dying sister to change how Americans thought about breast cancer. Thirty years later, the result – the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation – is one of the nation’s largest non-profits, and one of the most successful triumphs in public health marketing and changing health habits.
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The brain has this amazing ability to find happiness even when the memories of it are gone.
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People who start habitually exercising tend on average to eat better. They also tend to use their credit cards less and procrastinate less.
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Drinking water that does not meet a federal health guideline will not necessarily make someone ill. Many contaminants are hazardous only if consumed for years. And some researchers argue that even toxic chemicals, when consumed at extremely low doses over long periods, pose few risks.
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As the nation’s elderly population grows, dozens of industries have tried to harness the political might of older Americans for corporate goals.
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There are systems called zero discharge emission systems that would prevent any pollution from making it into the water or the air.
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Since the 17th century, insurance agents have been the foremost experts on risk.
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Because reverse mortgages do not require borrowers to make immediate repayments, the interest charges are added to the debt every day, and the total amount owed grows over time.
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I think there’s a lot of people who right now are worried that people are going down frivolous paths, like inventing new social networks or new games, instead of inventing the cures for cancer or fundamental technologies that will change the world.
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If you look hard enough, you’ll find that many of the products we use every day – chewing gums, skin moisturizers, disinfecting wipes, air fresheners, water purifiers, health snacks, antiperspirants, colognes, teeth whiteners, fabric softeners, vitamins – are results of manufactured habits.
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If Freddie Mac is unable to raise capital, it could spark a political and financial crisis.
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Between 1857 and 1929, while regulators largely stood idle, the American economy swung through 19 national boom-and-bust gyrations that sometimes threatened to wipe out whole industries within months.
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The Golden Rule of Habit Change: You can’t extinguish a bad habit, you can only change it.
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While markets are supposed to ensure transparency by showing orders to everyone simultaneously, flash orders are currently allowed because of a loophole in securities regulations that allows for immediate trades.
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Most shoppers don’t buy everything they need at one store.
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Change might not be fast and it isn’t always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped.
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In a sense, habits never really disappear. Once formed, they always remain in our neurology.
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The specific steps for changing a specific habit differ from person to person and habit to habit, but the steps – the formula – is essentially the same, and once you learn it, you can do amazing things.
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Forty percent of all electronics sold are assembled by Foxconn.
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Even though it’s hard to learn how to back your car out the driveway at first, once it becomes a habit, you can do it almost automatically and think about something else, like the meeting that you need to go to today or what’s on the radio.
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You can’t suddenly say, ‘I want a brand new habit tomorrow,’ and expect it to be easy and effortless.
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Lawsuits against reverse mortgage companies, including the nation’s largest, Financial Freedom Senior Funding, contend that those firms helped pressure older Americans into bad investments.
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Consumer habits are key to understanding how to launch a product.
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Even if consumer confidence hit rock bottom, that most likely would not be enough, by itself, to cause a depression.
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The discovery of the habit loop is important because it reveals a basic truth: When a habit emerges, the brain stops fully participating in decision making. It stops working so hard, or diverts focus to other tasks.
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We love to receive praise, but usually we’re not certain what message, precisely, we should take from it. On the other hand, when someone points out our flaws, we realize immediately that something needs to change.
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Government and other scientists have identified hundreds of chemicals that are linked to diseases in small concentrations and that are unregulated in drinking water or policed at limits that still pose serious risks.
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