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Boost: Create Good Habits Using Psychology and Technology [Kindle Edition]

Max Ogles
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Book Description

"One of the most accessible and useful books about habits that I have read." - Amazon Reviewer

In Boost, a tech entrepreneur teaches you how to create good habits using psychology and technology.

You'll read dozens of fascinating stories, from the 13-year-old girl who landed a clothing line at Nordstrom to the little-known origins of the 20th century's most famous Paul McCartney melody. Along the way, take a look at compelling psychological research to learn why charitable people live longer, why you're likely to fail when your willpower is strongest, and much more.

The book is simple, direct, and contains valuable insights about creating habits. Each section ends with actionable tasks you can do to apply the principles from the book. Become familiar with the latest habit-forming technology and the psychological principles behind it, on your way to achieving your own good habits.

Along with the book, you'll receive access to a free guide, 117 Apps to Help You Create Good Habits, which introduces you to the top apps services that will help you apply the principles from the book.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1234 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Behavior Tech; 1 edition (November 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,585 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I’ve been reading Max’s work for a while now, and I was excited when I heard that he was writing a book. I’m happy to say that it surpassed my expectations.

I’m the kind of guy that really struggles to develop good long-term habits. That has been really frustrating to me, and I’ve struggled to find ways to continuously motivate myself to do better. Boost has helped me recognize that this struggle is a natural part of the human experience, and that there are certain patterns I can change to enhance my habit-sustaining abilities. Where other books might focus on a single principle, Boost does really great job laying out complementary principles that work hand-in-hand to help you change your behavior. I’m not saying that this book is a panacea, because that’s certainly not what it is trying to be. However, I do think it’s one of the most accessible and useful books about habits that I have read.

Boost is divided into two main sections. The first half focuses on creating habits, while the second teaches you how to maintain habits. Each principle is wrapped in a well-written chapter filled with personal anecdotes, engaging examples, and vivid descriptions of research studies. While the subject of habit formation has the potential to be dry, Max’s presentation of the subject is lucid and entertaining. I had heard about the strength of variable rewards many times before, but I loved how quickly their power made sense when I learned about “lucky piano day.” I also really enjoyed the deep treatment of the seemingly obvious (but always overlooked) fact that long-term habits need to be enjoyable. In one section, Max pointed out that focusing too much on ourselves can actually be detrimental to our habits. That’s something I could certainly improve upon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If Bacon was a Book.... November 3, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Just as Bacon makes everything better, this book will provide a guide to make your (or anyone you know) life better through developing meaningful habits. "Boost" was short and to the point and well worth the price of a few cups of coffee (a habit many people could break through implementing strategies within it's pages.

One of the greatest features of the book is that it is accessible to those with very little time, as well as those that are able to fully read it's pages. It's employs a 'cliff notes' version of each chapter which enables you to digest the key points of each chapter (similar to digesting a baconator jr vs. the more full size baconator). Another great feature is the "What to do next" portion after each chapter. I think one of the most challenging portion to creating a habit is taking the first step. This section will provide ideas on how to begin driving change in your life.

I really enjoyed the 5th chapter "The #1 Reason Good Habits Don't Last." Specifically I enjoyed the example given of patients who have expensive bypass surgeries, yet over 90% fail to change their behaviors that led them there in the first place. Although bacon could set me on this path, I'll definitely not stop eating it.

Ultimately Max breaks down the psychology behind the behaviors that make changing habits so difficult. The book is simple, eloquently written, and very guessed it...just like bacon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do one thing November 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Malcolm Gladwell writes entertaining, literary, pop-science surveys about some recent instance scientific research and extrapolates grand laws about his interpretation of that research, ultimately to not much actual actionable use or benefit in your life.
This book is the opposite of that.

This book is very short, but that is a feature. It is not literary or sophisticated in its prose. Who cares. It is more of an outline, filled with many, many pieces of actionable advice you can use immediately to have an immediate and important impact on your life. It gives you easy steps doing something, anything, to actually improve your life. You probably have heard some of the advice before, but are you doing it? Reading this book will also explain why you fall out of practice with your good habits.

I'll keep it short and get to the bottom line. Buy the book, and if actually do one thing with the many bits of advice in the book, or improve your mental model of how your habits work, your life will be improved many times more than the cost of the book. Many times more.

Another reality check, if you actually buy the book, you are much more likely to implement some of the advice and make a change in your life. Stop reading endless blog posts about what you could be doing, and actually take action.
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I read a ton of posts and books in the Productivity space, and I always enjoy Max's essays, so I was excited to check out this book. After reading his early release, I found it refreshing and a great read. I'm sure it will really resonate with people.

It's cool how he organized everything by starting habits and making them last. I haven't seen anything else structured that way, but it's brilliant. It keeps everything simple and easy to follow, letting the stories carry the reader through the concepts (it's like that class in high school or college that you couldn't believe was over when the bell rang because you were captivated by the lesson...instead of anxiously looking at the clock every few minutes).

The stories made it easy to not only absorb the ideas, but actually remember them when it counts. For example, the one about Andrew's rubber band contest entry really struck a chord with me as a new parent...such an awesome way to illustrate the power of triggers. In my experience, the simplest triggers tend to be the most effective, and the examples Max gives really drive it all home.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Boost is a great book. One of its key features is the ...
Boost is a great book. One of its key features is the length - not one of those large tomes that run to 500 pages when 50 would be enough to succinctly convey their message. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Jithamithra Thathachari
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful and Relevant for Anybody
Max provides some really useful directions that are relevant to almost any individual. As I dived into the book, I liked how he related the real life situations for how we are... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Vinish Garg
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and motivating
Max is an excellent writer and the book makes for an engaging read. The topic is relevant and the insights are motivating.
Published 18 days ago by Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Overview of Behavior Change Process -- With One Minor Gripe
As someone who coaches others how to build and maintain new habits for a living I can attest that Boost offers a great overview of the habit-formation process. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Resource for Apps on Changing Habits
The Best Resource Today to find Apps that will get you to set & accomplish your goals. Great real-life examples of people achieving good in the world & ways we can remove... Read more
Published 18 days ago by GEORGIA OGLES
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting approach!
Published 19 days ago by Liloumulti
5.0 out of 5 stars The way this book breaks down ideas of habit making ...
The way this book breaks down ideas of habit making or change into simple steps makes things seem so do-able. Max lays it out so simply. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Jessica Viehweg
5.0 out of 5 stars Max does a great job providing clear and compelling examples and...
Max does a great job providing clear and compelling examples and research on why people do what they do relative to adopting new habits. His work is thoughtful and honest. Read more
Published 19 days ago by barry nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars One to recommend
Great book with insightful tips on how to improve our lives in a matter of days rather than months of hard work. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Paul v. Eeghen
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More About the Author

Max Ogles is an entrepreneur and writer specifically interested in technology, psychology, and behavior change. Throughout his career, Max has helped build web platforms, apps, and other technologies to help people change their behavior.

Max is currently the head of marketing and a founding team member of Mobile Coach LLC (, a company that uses interactive text message coaching to engage and influence employee populations.

Max's writing has appeared in a variety of places online including The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Business Insider, and The Next Web.

You can read more of his essays on his website,, or sign up for his newsletter at


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