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60 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Charles Duhigg. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Charles Duhigg, often where they are interviewed.

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60 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Charles Duhigg. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Charles Duhigg, often where they are interviewed.

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Charles Duhigg on The Power of Habit

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This week’s conversation is with Charles Duhigg, a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter and a former columnist and senior editor at the New York Times.

Charles is the author of The Power of Habit, which has spent over three years on the New York Times bestseller lists, and Smarter Faster Better, also a New York Times bestseller.

His books have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.

Charles currently writes for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine, and hosts How To! with Charles Duhigg, a Slate podcast.

He is a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Business School, and a frequent contributor to This American Life, NPR, The Colbert Report, PBS’s NewsHour, and Frontline.

In this conversation, we discuss what led Charles to write The Power of Habit and drill down into some best practices to create a new habit or curb a poor habit.


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Nov 04 2020 · 52mins
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DIS Podcast Ep117 - Charles Duhigg

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Can you believe that 40% to 45% of your daily life is ruled by habit instead of choice? Imagine if you could harness that power to work for you! Today’s guest, Charles Duhigg, will help you learn to form good habits and change bad ones.

Oct 05 2020 · 46mins

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How To Successfully Improve Your Habits (with Charles Duhigg)

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Charles Duhigg is a guy who knows a lot about habits. His book on the topic was on the New York Times bestseller list forever, his second book is also a bestseller, and now he has a new podcast called "How To!" that talks about the habits needed to perform specific tasks. Want to be funnier? Lose weight? Get a promotion? He covers it. Today we cover HIM and the topic of habits on today's episode!

Also today we ask the question, "How much skill is involved when a day trader wins?" Apparently, according to a recent piece, the statistics ain't good (as mom says). We'll cover that in our headlines segment, plus what Amazon plans to do with the huge stores left behind by Sears and JCPenny. Of course, they have plans...

We'll also throw out the Haven Life line to Brock, who writes in with a dilemma on student loans. He's running low on funds to pay for college, but he has about $3,500 invested in the stock market. Should Brock take out subsidized loans, or cash in some of his investments? We'll share our answer with you AND him, AND save time for some of Doug's delicious trivia. Enjoy!

Aug 24 2020 · 58mins
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How to Ask Better Questions, with Charles Duhigg

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#269: Are you scared to take the first step toward the habits that you want to build? Do you believe in your ability to change? Or are you completely lost as to where to start?

Charles Duhigg, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author of the best-selling books The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better, and host of the How To! podcast, joins us to tackle these questions. By asking “why” instead of “how,” layer-by-layer we can reveal the factors that truly hold us back from taking action.

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Aug 07 2020 · 55mins

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Charles Duhigg | Why You Need a Quarantine Routine

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In today’s episode, we cover the necessity of routines with Charles Duhigg. Charles is a Pulitzer-prize winning American journalist and non-fiction author, was a reporter for The New York Times, and has authored two books on habits and productivity, titled The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business and Smarter Faster Better.

Routines are more important than we give them credit for, but why, what happens if we don’t establish routines for ourselves, and how can you build a great routine even when your world has been turned upside down?

What to Listen For

  • Why are routines so important for humans?
  • What questions can you ask to spark interesting conversations instead of small talk?
  • How can you consume entertainment in a way that nurtures your creativity and ability to lead interesting conversations?
  • What can you do to find and identify experts you can trust?
  • How do you distinguish between someone who is genuinely seeking advice and someone who is just venting?
  • Why is mindset important when it comes to learning new skills?
  • What exercise can you start doing today if you are struggling with accepting painful events in your life?
  • What can you do to develop empathy and why is empathy so important today?

The word “routine” may evoke thoughts of mundaneness, or mindless repetition, but routines are incredibly important to us as humans. Routines allow us to remove the necessity of making difficult decisions by automating them. Going to the gym stops being about dragging yourself out the door and instead becomes the thing you do every morning because it’s your routine. Eating a healthy meal for lunch stops being a choice in suffering and instead becomes the part of your routine that leads to a healthier you and prevents you from giving in to cravings. Routines are important, and positive healthy routines are the key to supporting you on your path to living the life you dream of. 

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Aug 03 2020 · 37mins
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Making Meaning with Charles Duhigg

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In this episode, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author and podcast host Charles Duhigg visits Jessi to discuss the relationship between work and meaning. Charles tells the story of his experience attending Harvard Business School and all that followed after. It turns out that a paycheck - even a fat one - doesn’t buy a meaningful life. Charles and Jessi dig deep on the perks and pitfalls of business school, point up the importance of perseverance, outline the space between a job description and the job itself, and challenge listeners to make meaning in any job.

Jun 22 2020 · 29mins
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BONUS EPISODE: Jessi visits How To! with Charles Duhigg

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Each week on Slate's How To! podcast, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, takes on his listeners' toughest problems. He calls up an expert, and together, they find answers. This week's question: How to Find a New Career Before it's Too Late. And that expert Charles called? It's our own Jessi Hempel. We're excited to welcome Charles to the Hello Monday family with this special bonus airing of How To! and look forward to welcoming him back later this month.

Jun 04 2020 · 31mins
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How to Survive a Pandemic and Come Out Shining Bright!!! Pulitzer Prize Winning Investigative Journalist Charles Duhigg

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If you’ve ever wondered how in the world to get through this time and who in the world to trust, then do we have the How to Survive a Pandemic show for you.

Today I’ll be talking with Pulitzer Award Winning author, Charles Duhigg, the best-selling author of “The Power of Habit”, and “Smarter Faster Better”, who’s prescience has led him to write about pandemics before they’ve even happened, and what brought us here today. 

And that’s just what I want to talk with him about today, about how to sort through conflicting messages, stay safe, and figure out where in the world to go from here. 

Key Points Discussed:

  • How did you come to write an article for Slate last year on how to survive a pandemic? (02:54)
  • How Seattle leaders let the scientists take the lead unlike New York, and the impact that has had (04:52)
  • What happened on the East Coast in relation to the Coronavirus response where the CDC is concerned? (07:14)
  • The harm that our misunderstanding of timing and exponential growth causes us (12:06)
  • Tuning out the politicians and listening to the experts to avoid the confusion surrounding how to keep the virus at bay (13:52)
  • Sorting through whether economics is more important than health (15:44)
  • Some of the habits that are hurting us during this pandemic (20:01)
  • Are the fatality rates real, and how can we really protect ourselves from getting infected? (25:10)
  • The necessity of moving past the “American way” habit (27:40)
  • The opportunity we have to rethink things and what we want to do with our lives (29:17)
  • The fact that the pandemic will end okay and how we can change our lives (33:21)

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Jun 03 2020 · 36mins
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92: How to Identify Bad Habits and Strengthen Good Ones - with Charles Duhigg

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This week on the podcast we're talking to Charles Duhigg, habit-making and productivity expert and the host of How To! with Charles Duhigg. Charles' book The Power of Habit has been one of Dave's favorites for a long time now, so when we got the chance to be guests on his show, we jumped at the chance! You can hear our episode of How To! by clicking here. Charles also graciously agreed to come on our show and chat with Dave all about habits-- creating habits, identifying the cues that lead us to create a habit, and how to recognize when a habit (though it might be a great habit for you) can negatively affect your spouse or partner. Guys, there's no better time than right now to examine your day-to-day routine and clean up the habits that are preventing you from becoming your best self!

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Apr 16 2020 · 53mins
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How to Tap into the Transformative Power of Real Productivity With Charles Duhigg

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Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter and the author of Smarter Faster Better, about the science of productivity and The Power of Habit, about the science of habit formation in our lives, companies, and societies. You can connect with him and learn more at charlesduhigg.com/.

Favorite Success Quote

“Think more deeply about what’s going on so that I can determine how I should respond?”

Key Points

1. Ask Yourself “What Do Really Want Out of This?”

One of the greatest tragedies of modern society is that most people are vigorously pursuing goals that aren’t congruent with who they are and what they really want.

Society, our friends, and our families all encourage us to earn more money, pack on more muscle, get married (or not), buy a house, and do what “good” little boys do.

Unfortunately, most people never actually take the time to ask themselves what they really want.

They never set aside the time to think purposefully about their life, their vision, and their goals.

As a result, more and more people arrive at their deathbeds wishing that they could live their lives over again in a different way.

I want to encourage you to take a step back and ask yourself “What do I really want from this?”

In every situation, whether it’s in the bedroom, the boardroom, or the gym, set aside the time to think deeply about what you really want and how you can attain it.

2. Your Habits are Predicated on Queues, Actions, and Rewards

While the old saying, “Knowing is half the battle” might be a little bit hyperbolic, it’s origins are found in reality.

If you don’t truly understand a system, process, or job, you will never be able to accomplish it successfully and nowhere is this truer than in the realm of productivity, habits, and performance.

Most people simply assume that they are lazy or a procrastinator or just plain unlucky.

But the reality is that most people have never been taught how to properly build the habits of success into their lives.

Luckily, building a habit… Any habit is very simple (notice I did not say easy).

Habits can be broken into three parts: The trigger, the action, and the reward.

If you’ve ever been addicted to cigarettes then I have no doubt that you are uncomfortably familiar with this process.

You see a cigarette or experience stress (the trigger), you pull out a smoke and light it up (the action/habit), and then you experience a buzz from the nicotine and a sense of relaxation (the reward).

But the same pattern can be found in positive habits.

For example, you might see your running shoes and gym clothes (the trigger), decide to go workout (the action), and then experience a rush of endorphins and endocannabinoids that give you a feeling of elation and euphoria (the reward).

Every habit can be broken down into these three simple steps and when you understand this framework you will be able to manipulate your actions and outputs at will.

Pay close attention to the “Reward” element of this framework and you will be able to change your habits quicker and easier than you ever believed possible.

3. The Small Daily Decisions Matter 

It doesn’t matter what you had for lunch today, if you went to the gym or not, how many drinks you had, or how much you slept.

But what does matter is what you consistently have for lunch, how often you go to the gym, how frequently you drink, and how serious you are about the quality of your sleep.

For most people, there is no one action that will make or break their life and success.

Instead, their lives are the direct result of thousands of tiny actions and decisions made overtime.

When you realize this, you will begin to see the small decisions in a different light.

Because even though one action might not make a difference today, when that action is repeated and compounded over years and decades, it will literally determine the quality and capacity of your life.

4. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals 

With the new year right around the corner, many of you are undoubtedly setting New Year’s resolutions.

Although I think resolutions are a terrible idea (which I will be discussing in an upcoming article), if you are going to set resolutions, Charles shared a few simple tips to help you actually stick to them this year.

For starters, you want to set two major goals, a stretch goal and an easy goal.

The stretch goal should scare the crap out of you and be something that you aren’t 100% certain you can achieve.

It shouldn’t be unrealistic, just difficult.

Your second major goal should be an important habit or result that you know you can achieve if you are simply willing to put in the work.

Once you have your goals, you are going to break them down using the SMART formula.

  • Specific: What do I want to achieve? Who is required to achieve it? What resources will I need?
  • Measurable: How much? How many? How will I know my goal is achieved?
  • Achievable: How realistic is this goal based on my current restraints?
  • Relevant: Is this goal worthwhile? Is the timing right? Is it applicable in my current environment?
  • Time Bound: When will my goal be achieved? What benchmarks and checkpoints should I set for myself?

When you break down a goal in this manner, you clear all of the clutter from your mind and you’re left with nothing but clear, actionable steps that will help you get from where you are to where you want to be.

5. Assume That You Will Achieve Success 

One of the biggest roadblocks on your path to achieving your goals are your own limiting beliefs and b.s. internal stories.

But I’ll let you in on a little secret.

You are already doing better than you think you are and you’re much more likely to achieve success than you probably believe.

So why not act in a way that is reflective of this reality?

Assume that you will be successful at every endeavor you pursue.

Assume that if you are willing to stick it out and persevere, you will achieve your goals and dreams.

Act as if you are already successful, put in the work, and you will achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself.

Apr 13 2020 · 25mins