NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of The Power of Habit comes a fascinating book that explores the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think—rather than what you think—can transform your life.
At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key
concepts—from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision
making—that explain why some people and companies get so much done.
Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and
behavioral economics—as well as the experiences of CEOs,
educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane
pilots, and Broadway songwriters—this painstakingly researched book
explains that the most productive people, companies, and
organizations don’t merely act differently.
They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different
A young woman drops out of a PhD program and starts playing poker.
By training herself to envision contradictory futures, she learns
to anticipate her opponents’ missteps—and becomes one of the most
successful players in the world.
A group of data scientists at Google embark on a four-year study of
how the best teams function, and find that how a group
interacts is more important than who is in the group—a
principle, it turns out, that also helps explain why Saturday
Night Live became a hit.
A Marine Corps general, faced with low morale among recruits,
reimagines boot camp—and discovers that instilling a “bias toward
action” can turn even the most directionless teenagers into
The filmmakers behind Disney’s Frozen are nearly out of time
and on the brink of catastrophe—until they shake up their team in
just the right way, spurring a creative breakthrough that leads to
one of the highest-grossing movies of all time.
What do these people have in common?
They know that productivity relies on making certain choices. The
way we frame our daily decisions; the big ambitions we embrace and
the easy goals we ignore; the cultures we establish as leaders to
drive innovation; the way we interact with data: These are the
things that separate the merely busy from the genuinely
In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning
journalist Charles Duhigg explained why we do what we do. In
Smarter Faster Better, he applies the same relentless
curiosity, deep reporting, and rich storytelling to explain how we
can improve at the things we do. It’s a groundbreaking exploration
of the science of productivity, one that can help anyone learn to
succeed with less stress and struggle, and to get more done without
sacrificing what we care about most—to become smarter, faster, and
better at everything we do.
Advance praise for Smarter Faster Better
“As he did in The Power of Habit, Duhigg melds
cutting-edge science, deep reporting, and wide-ranging stories to
give us a fuller, more human way of thinking about how productivity
actually happens.”—Susan Cain, author of Quiet
“Duhigg uses engaging storytelling to highlight fascinating
research and core principles that we can all learn and use in our
daily lives. A masterful must-read for anyone who wants to get more
(and more creative) stuff done.”—David Allen, author of
Getting Things Done
“Duhigg has a gift for asking just the right question, and then
igniting the same curiosity in the rest of us. In Smarter Faster
Better he finds provocative answers to a riddle of our
age.”—Jim Collins, author of Good to Great