The Power of Habit

by

Charles Duhigg

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Travis Leach is a Starbucks employee who credits his job with turning his life around. He had a difficult childhood: his parents were heroin addicts, and both died when he was a teenager. Unable to cope with the stresses of everyday life, he got and lost a series of low-wage jobs until he landed at Starbucks—where the employee training program taught him key habits, like willpower and social skills. Duhigg uses Leach’s life story to illustrate the importance of willpower, as well as how organizations can spread good habits throughout their structures.

Travis Leach Quotes in The Power of Habit

The The Power of Habit quotes below are all either spoken by Travis Leach or refer to Travis Leach . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of The Power of Habit published in 2014.
Chapter 5 Quotes

Starbucks has taught him how to live, how to focus, how to get to work on time, and how to master his emotions. Most crucially, it has taught him willpower.
“Starbucks is the most important thing that has ever happened to me,” he told me. “I owe everything to this company.”

Related Characters: Charles Duhigg (speaker), Travis Leach (speaker)
Page Number: 130
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Travis Leach Character Timeline in The Power of Habit

The timeline below shows where the character Travis Leach appears in The Power of Habit. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5: Starbucks and the Habit of Success: When Willpower Becomes Automatic
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Travis Leach ’s parents were erratic but outwardly functional heroin addicts. When Travis was nine, his father... (full context)
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Starbucks’s extensive training program has taught Travis Leach all sorts of essential life skills—including, most of all, willpower. Numerous studies show that willpower... (full context)
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Like Travis Leach , Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz grew up in a troubled family. His father struggled to... (full context)
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Travis Leach was 16 when his mother admitted that she thought about getting an abortion instead of... (full context)