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Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business

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You probably know at least one incredibly productive person. The one who effortlessly gets three times as much done in half the time, whose professional credentials read like a “Who’s Who” and somehow still has the time to play in an amateur rock bank or climb the Rocky Mountains every summer. This kind of productivity can seem almost superhuman, and causes many to ask the question “how do they do it?”

Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, takes on this question in his new book Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business. In Smarter Faster Better, Duhigg explores the hows and whys of productivity as he takes a deep dive into the mindsets, worldviews and decision-making processes of the world’s most productive companies, schools, and teams to identify the common elements that set the highest-performing apart.

In the book, Duhigg creates a productivity narrative that begins with his own encounter and subsequent fascination with a MacArthur genius grant-recipient writer, surgeon and Harvard professor – who still had time to go to concerts with his kids. As Duhigg weaves together the common threads of high performance into eight core concepts, he pulls from the U.S. Marine Corps, Saturday Night Live, the aviation industry and Disney’s megahit Frozen to illustrate the roles that each concept plays in achieving great results.

In the book, Duhigg creates a productivity narrative that begins with his own encounter and subsequent fascination with a MacArthur genius grant-recipient writer, surgeon and Harvard professor – who still had time to go to concerts with his kids. As Duhigg weaves together the common threads of high performance into eight core concepts, he pulls from the U.S. Marine Corps, Saturday Night Live, the aviation industry and Disney’s megahit Frozen to illustrate the roles that each concept plays in achieving great results.


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