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The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact

The New York Times bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick explore why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us—and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work.

While human lives are endlessly variable, our most memorable positive moments are dominated by four elements: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. If we embrace these elements, we can conjure more moments that matter. What if a teacher could design a lesson that he knew his students would remember twenty years later? What if a manager knew how to create an experience that would delight customers? What if you had a better sense of how to create memories that matter for your children?

This book delves into some fascinating mysteries of experience: Why we tend to remember the best or worst moment of an experience, as well as the last moment, and forget the rest. Why “we feel most comfortable when things are certain, but we feel most alive when they’re not.” And why our most cherished memories are clustered into a brief period during our youth.

Readers discover how brief experiences can change lives, such as the experiment in which two strangers meet in a room, and forty-five minutes later, they leave as best friends. (What happens in that time?) Or the tale of the world’s youngest female billionaire, who credits her resilience to something her father asked the family at the dinner table. (What was that simple question?)

Many of the defining moments in our lives are the result of accident or luck—but why would we leave our most meaningful, memorable moments to chance when we can create them? The Power of Moments shows us how to be the author of richer experiences.

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Chip Heath is the professor of Organizational Behavior in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

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  • Gary Moreau

    It is self-evident to say that not all books are created equal. That is the intuitive thesis behind the value of peer reviews, which I strongly support. The counter-intuitive conclusion, however, is t...

  • Anne Bogel

    Loved this. More to come on Modern Mrs Darcy....

  • Clif Hostetler

    review in progress:This book explores ways to make more memorable moments. It suggests that if we pay attention and work creatively, we have the power to turn ordinary occasions into extraordinary one...

  • Michelle

    The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have An Extraordinary Impact written by acclaimed NYT bestselling author’s Chip Heath and his brother Dan Heath, is an engaging and exceptional book tha...

  • Melissa

    Three reasons to read this book:1. The writing is stellar: jaunty diction, varied syntax, engaging organization.2. The content is fascinating: delving into the mystery of what makes certain moments ex...

  • Andy

    Highly readable but not very impactful. In the end, the authors seem to come around to just advising individuals to be authentically alive in the moment--which is basic wisdom. And so the rest of the ...

  • Jason

    Great book - also (as a side effect) explains why time seems to fly and yet we don't remember where it went (namely not remembering the past year) - it's because we follow a script, make patterns beca...

  • Leah Nadeau

    Good book! I'm stuck between 3 and 4 stars out of 5 lol I think it was a very unique and well written book, but it was just boring at some moments. Also it was a bit too "corporate" relating to me, I ...

  • Suzanne

    Chip Heath and Dan Heath turn their framework process to "moments" in their new book and walk you through a useful checklist of how to make moments in your personal and professional life more memorabl...

  • Simon Eskildsen

    Do you have one of those moments in your life that had a disproportionate impact on your life? This book about how to create those moments for yourself and others. The Heath brothers, authors of Decis...

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