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Gunjan Juyal

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  • Atomic Habits
  • An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones
  • Written by: James Clear
  • Narrated by: James Clear

Byte sized, concrete steps towards building habits

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 13-03-19

This is a pragmatic book that spends very little time discussing the nuances and jumps right into a "sports coach style" guidance into what exactly one should do towards building and retaining habits. The sports background of the author may have helped - sports coaches are almost synonymous with coaching!

This also came at a great time for myself. having read a few books on behavioral psychology recently I could connect a lot of threads between the advice in this book and some insights into how a human brain works. I have recently tried a habit-forming exercise for a month or two, and was quite successful with it until I started skipping and since last few weeks have more or less given up the whole exercise, even though it was working out well! The author touches upon exactly this issue also and has good advice on how to tackle it.

a very readable, actionable book. loved it.

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Not *just* about dialogue but much more profound!

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Reviewed: 05-03-19

This book talks about topics much more profound than the title suggests. About the nature of perception, thought, society and Identity or 'self'. And how this is of increasing relevance in today's homogenous world and societal thinking with all the problems resulting from that way of thinking - from uncontrolled nationalism to environmental degradation. But these are just some of the implications of the way we approach our thoughts, and how that results in a messy and incoherent collaborative style of working as a society. Finally, what dialogue is and its place in all of this.

A fascinating book. This will probably be the first audiobook that I'll reread right away.

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Loved this book! Concise and impactful .

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Reviewed: 02-03-19

Beautiful narration, one of the most enjoyable ones in my very young 10+ audiobook experience so far.

The book is concise and crisp. The core message is so impactful that I will definitely get back to it in the future to grok it better! Unlike the title I think it is relevant not just in organizations but in my own daily life. the section on dialogue vs discussion is deeply relevant to everyone's lives.

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Great storytelling, good outline,not as much depth

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 15-02-19

Really enjoyed this book. a fun, smooth read.

The storytelling and narrative is great. The author gives a good outline of what is wrong with our decision making framework, hints at reasons behind the same, exemplifies it.

Although some techniques are mentioned on bypassing those impulses yet there is much to be desired in terms of depth. In the end I'm afraid this may end up being a book whose summary is much needed and remembered, but the details are forgotten like those self-help books that the author rightly derided.

But I did end up taking away many concepts and writers I'd like to read up on. Seneca the stoic, Mandelbrot's mathematics, Popper and the general idea of probability-vs-risk and how the former is a misfit in today's economic estimation.

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