79 Motivational Quotes of Charles Duhigg

” Between calculated risk and reckless decision-making lies the dividing line between profit and loss. “
” 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? “
” 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. “
” The more you focus, the more that focus becomes a habit. “
” 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. “
” 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. “
” For decades, activist shareholders were an entertaining, but largely ignored, Wall Street sideshow. Disgruntled investors would attend annual meetings to harangue executives, criticize strategies – and protest that their complaints were being ignored. “
” 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. “
” Monica Besra, a Bengali woman from a remote Indian village, was reportedly suffering from a malignant ovarian tumor when she went, in 1998, to a hospice founded by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. Nuns at the mission reportedly placed a medallion with Teresa’s image on Besra’s abdomen, and the tumor disappeared. “
” Students in school cheat not to get the ‘A,’ but to avoid the ‘C.’ “
” Students in school cheat not to get the ‘A,’ but to avoid the ‘C.’ “
” Martyrs – those killed because of their Catholic faith – can be beatified even if they don’t perform a miracle. However, all beatified individuals must stage a certifiable miracle before being made a saint. “
” Around New York City, samples collected at dozens of beaches or piers have detected the types of bacteria and other pollutants tied to sewage overflows. Though the city’s drinking water comes from upstate reservoirs, environmentalists say untreated excrement and other waste in the city’s waterways pose serious health risks. “
” 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. “
” Many environmental advocates argue that agricultural pollution will be reduced only through stronger federal laws. “
” 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. “
” State and federal studies indicate that thousands of water and sewer systems may be too old to function properly. “
” You have to actually believe in your capacity to change for habits to permanently change. “
” It is often difficult to definitively link a specific instance of disease to one particular cause, like water pollution. Even when tests show that drinking water is polluted, it can be hard to pinpoint the source of the contamination. “
” Calling out people for not voting, what experts term ‘public shaming,’ can prod someone to cast a ballot. “
” There is a calculus, it turns out, for mastering our subconscious urges. For companies like Target, the exhaustive rendering of our conscious and unconscious patterns into data sets and algorithms has revolutionized what they know about us and, therefore, how precisely they can sell. “
” Since cowardice must occur at a time and place where an enemy either has already appeared or may yet turn up, servicemen in peacetime – and ordinary civilians – can breathe a sigh of relief. If you are yellow-bellied back home, you’re not technically a coward. “
” 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. “
” 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. “
” The biggest moment of flexibility in our shopping habits is when we have a child, because all of your old routines go out the window, and suddenly a marketer can come in and sell you new things. “
” There are systems called zero discharge emission systems that would prevent any pollution from making it into the water or the air. “
” If Freddie Mac is unable to raise capital, it could spark a political and financial crisis. “
” Foxconn is hugely important, not only in China – it’s the largest employer in China – Foxconn is important around the world. “
” 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. “
” Public employee unions are hardly the only group involved in bare-knuckles politics. Businesses lobby fiercely, and executives make hefty campaign donations. “
” 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. “
” 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. “
” 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. “
” Consumer habits are key to understanding how to launch a product. “
” When people have a willpower failure, it’s because they haven’t anticipated a situation that’s going to come along. “
” Way back in 2000, the EPA was poised, and, in fact, had drafted a rule, to specially regulate pollution – water pollution and other types of pollution – from power plants, but the energy industry pushed back pretty significantly. “
” Companies are very, very good – better than consumers themselves – at knowing what consumers are actually craving. “
” 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. “
” Research suggests that investment bankers are more prone to commit fraud when they feel the competitor at their heels. “
” 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. “
” 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. “
” Some of the tactics that are used by Foxconn and other companies throughout China is, if you are late, if you violate one of the small rules, some of the punishment is that you have to copy down quotations from the chairman of Foxconn: you have to write out confessions explaining why you were late and promising never to do it again. “
” We know there are certain chemicals that are designed to give us a rush of pleasure. But, one of the most amazing things about being human is our capacity to override that pleasure. To either say, ‘I don’t need that pleasure right now. I’m going to ignore the craving.’ Or to find something else that we find a deeper sense of reward from. “
” Habits are malleable throughout your entire life. “
” At some point, if you’re changing a really deep-seated behavior, you’re going to have a moment of weakness. “
” If you need five minutes every hour to look at tweets or to just surf the Internet, you need to schedule that into your schedule, allow yourself to do that. Because when people start procrastinating, what they’ve done is, they’ve tried to ignore that urge. They try to deny themselves time on Facebook or time surfing the web. “
” You can’t suddenly say, ‘I want a brand new habit tomorrow,’ and expect it to be easy and effortless. “
” There is a woman named Wendy Wood, who did a study when she was at Duke, and she followed around college students to try to figure out how much of their day was decision-making versus how much was habit. And what she found was that about 45 percent of all the behaviors that someone did in a day was habit. “
” What studies say the number one best way to start an exercise habit is to give yourself a reward that you genuinely enjoy. “
” 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. “
” We like songs that are familiar. “
” 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. “
” Patents are being used to wage war in the digital world, and as a result, patents have become a toll gate on the road of innovation. “
” Patents are being used to wage war in the digital world, and as a result, patents have become a toll gate on the road of innovation. “
” 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. “
” 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. “
” Every habit is made of three parts… a cue, a routine and a habit. Most people focus on the routine and behavior, but these cues and rewards are really the way you make something into a habit. “
” Someone will write a resolution that says, ‘I want to exercise more,’ or ‘I want to lose 15 pounds’ – which is great, that’s a great goal to have – but every study tells us that if you pose things in abstract, goal-related terms, it’s much less likely that you will accomplish it than if you structure it as an actual activity. “
” People who start habitually exercising tend on average to eat better. They also tend to use their credit cards less and procrastinate less. “
” When most individuals or most companies are talking about trying to create healthy habits, the key is to identify which habit or habits seem most important. “
” 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.’ “
” Often in companies, you’ll see tensions between sales and marketing. Sales people will want to give discounts to clients because they often get paid a commission based on how much they sell. So they’re always pushing to give discounts because that will increase sales. Marketing, however, is judged by overall profitability. “
” 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. “
” Most people probably don’t even know what toothpaste they buy; they just recognize the box on the shelf. “
” Conditions in Chinese factories are harsh. They’re much harsher than they are in, for instance, the United States or any Western nation. “
” There are supply chains that exist in China and Asia now which the U.S. simply can’t replicate. “
” Forty percent of all electronics sold are assembled by Foxconn. “
” 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. “
” You’re much better off creating positive rewards, complimenting people for acting correctly, rather than punishing them when they act incorrectly. “
” 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. “
” Once you break a habit into its components, you can fiddle with the gears. “
” In a sense, habits never really disappear. Once formed, they always remain in our neurology. “
” Technology giants have taken advantage of tax codes written for an industrial age. “
” Credit default swap is basically just an agreement that I have with you, where I sell you insurance on some bond you own. If the bond goes belly up, I promise to pay you. And as long as the bond doesn’t go belly up, you pay me for selling you insurance. “
” Hank Paulson, the happy capitalist warrior who spent his life pursuing and defending free markets, is now the biggest interventionist Treasury secretary we’ve had since the Great Depression. “
” For Aristotle, habits reigned supreme. The behaviors that occur unthinkingly are the evidence of our truest selves. “
” 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. “
” Since the 17th century, insurance agents have been the foremost experts on risk. “
” 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. “