STARBUCKS AND THE HABIT OF SUCCESS – When Willpower Becomes Automatic – Part 4 – 5

Part -4 Howard Schultz, the man who built Starbucks into a colossus, isn’t so different from Travis in some ways. He grew up in a public housing project in Brooklyn, sharing a two-bedroom apartment with his parents and two siblings. When he was seven years old, Schultz’s father broke his ankle and lost his jobContinue reading “STARBUCKS AND THE HABIT OF SUCCESS – When Willpower Becomes Automatic – Part 4 – 5”

STARBUCKS AND THE HABIT OF SUCCESS – When Willpower Becomes Automatic – Part 3

In 1992, a British psychologist walked into two of Scotland’s busiest orthopedic hospitals and recruited five-dozen patients for an experiment she hoped would explain how to boost the willpower of people exceptionally resistant to change. The patients, on average, were sixty-eight years old. Most of them earned less than $10,000 a year and didn’t haveContinue reading “STARBUCKS AND THE HABIT OF SUCCESS – When Willpower Becomes Automatic – Part 3”

STARBUCKS AND THE HABIT OF SUCCESS – When Willpower Becomes Automatic – Part 2

Everyone who walked into the room where the experiment was being conducted at Case Western Reserve University agreed on one thing: The cookies smelled delicious. They had just come out of the oven and were piled in a bowl, oozing with chocolate chips. On the table next to the cookies was a bowl of radishes.Continue reading “STARBUCKS AND THE HABIT OF SUCCESS – When Willpower Becomes Automatic – Part 2”

STARBUCKS AND THE HABIT OF SUCCESS – When Willpower Becomes Automatic – Part 1

The first time Travis Leach saw his father overdose, he was nine years old. His family had just moved into a small apartment at the end of an alleyway, the latest in a seemingly endless series of relocations that had most recently caused them to abandon their previous home in the middle of the night,Continue reading “STARBUCKS AND THE HABIT OF SUCCESS – When Willpower Becomes Automatic – Part 1”

KEYSTONE HABITS, OR THE BALLAD OF PAUL O’NEILL -Which Habits Matter Most – Part 3

When a young Paul O’Neill was working for the government and creating a framework for analyzing federal spending on health care, one of the foremost issues concerning officials was infant mortality. The United States, at the time, was one of the wealthiest countries on earth. Yet it had a higher infant mortality rate than mostContinue reading “KEYSTONE HABITS, OR THE BALLAD OF PAUL O’NEILL -Which Habits Matter Most – Part 3”

KEYSTONE HABITS, OR THE BALLAD OF PAUL O’NEILL -Which Habits Matter Most – Part 2

When Michael Phelps’s alarm clock went off at 6:30 A.M. on the morning of August 13, 2008, he crawled out of bed in the Olympic Village in Beijing and fell right into his routine. He pulled on a pair of sweatpants and walked to breakfast. He had already won three gold medals earlier that week—givingContinue reading “KEYSTONE HABITS, OR THE BALLAD OF PAUL O’NEILL -Which Habits Matter Most – Part 2”

KEYSTONE HABITS, OR THE BALLAD OF PAUL O’NEILL -Which Habits Matter Most – Part 1

On a blustery October day in 1987, a herd of prominent Wall Street investors and stock analysts gathered in the ballroom of a posh Manhattan hotel. They were there to meet the new CEO of the Aluminum Company of America—or Alcoa, as it was known—a corporation that, for nearly a century, had manufactured everything fromContinue reading “KEYSTONE HABITS, OR THE BALLAD OF PAUL O’NEILL -Which Habits Matter Most – Part 1”

THE GOLDEN RULE OF HABIT CHANGE – Why Transformation Occurs – Part 5

Within a week of Dungy’s firing by the Bucs, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts left an impassioned fifteen-minute message on his answering machine. The Colts, despite having one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks, Peyton Manning, had just finished a dreadful season. The owner needed help. He was tired of losing, he said. Dungy movedContinue reading “THE GOLDEN RULE OF HABIT CHANGE – Why Transformation Occurs – Part 5”

THE GOLDEN RULE OF HABIT CHANGE – Why Transformation Occurs – Part 4

About sixty people—soccer moms and lawyers on lunch breaks, old guys with fading tattoos and hipsters in skinny jeans—are sitting in a church and listening to a man with a slight paunch and a tie that complements his pale blue eyes. He looks like a successful politician, with the warm charisma of assured reelection. “MyContinue reading “THE GOLDEN RULE OF HABIT CHANGE – Why Transformation Occurs – Part 4”

THE GOLDEN RULE OF HABIT CHANGE – Why Transformation Occurs – Part 3

“Here are the six reasons everyone thinks we can’t win,” Dungy told his Buccaneers after becoming head coach in 1996. It was months before the season started and everyone was sitting in the locker room. Dungy started listing the theories they had all read in the newspapers or heard on the radio: The team’s managementContinue reading “THE GOLDEN RULE OF HABIT CHANGE – Why Transformation Occurs – Part 3”