NYT Bestselling Author Charles Duhigg: Build a Better Startup by Changing Your Habits

March 14, 2012

8:19 am

Charles Duhigg was inspired by the story of an army major who prevented a riot in Iraq simply by moving away some food vendors. So began a decade-long interest in habits, culminating in the bestselling The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. Since 2006, Duhigg has also been on staff at the New York Times and garnering a variety of awards.

(If you’re curious, the would-be rioters all dispersed around dinnertime because there were no  kebabs to be had.)

Duhigg took some time on Saturday to talk about better habits for entrepreneurs at our SXSW #StartupLife Celebration. He explained how habits work and offered a few good habits for entrepreneurs to learn, such as willpower (especially useful in overcoming procrastination). Here’s the video:

You can find more of our coverage of the #StartupLife at SXSW here.

Editor’s Note: Thank you to Vitrue, a sponsor of our #Startuplife Celebration and Tech Cocktail’s special SXSW video series. Check out Vitrue’s live daily updates from SXSW!

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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