“Switch” Book Summary + Lessons + Inspiring Quotes

“Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard” written by Chip and Dan Heath has thrown light on the phases a person would require to achieve the change.

They have explained the phenomenon of change in a threefold part i.e. direct, motivate and shape and how these processes would be beneficial.

Switch Quotes

-Sometimes the best way to learn something is when we fail at a thing.

-The initial failure can prove to be an essential investment.

-Behavior is not altered by the change in knowledge.

-Change in knowledge doesn’t lead to behavioral change that can be understood when people take marriage advice from a counselor who is himself divorced.

-The good change head would never think that why the population is behaving in a bad manner.

-A good change head would always be to make an effort to bring out the positive changes in population acting in a bad way.

-The good change head with positive acts would be able to bring out a good change within the people.

-Generally, we all have a tendency to assign the behavior of the people on how they are.

-Actual focus should be laid on how people behave in different situations.

-The perception of the behavioral error to see the overt behavior is what we call the Fundamental Attribution Error.

-Change seems hard for people just because they tire out themselves.

-The perception that change seems hard due to exhaustion is like a second bombshell to the phenomenon of change.

-The thing which we perceive as being lazy is clearly exhaustion.

-The greater change we aspire, the more it will secrete our self-control.

-The time when we exhaust our self-control will stop our brain to think in a creative way and this will lead to frustration.

-The people who complain that change is hard are not because they are lazy but it is due to exhaustion.

-The first bombshell of change is what we perceive to be a problem of a person is sometimes the problem of the situation.

-People are focusing much on how to fix the things which are broken and this is the problem.

-The real focus is should be laid on what is working well and how we continue to work that well.

-There can never be a switch unless there we progress from an idea of change to shaping a particular behavior.

-All of us feel steady and pleasant about the current situation as we are well suited to different aspects.

-The steadiness of the current situation feels comfortable because we do not have many choices to make.

-We don’t have to plan our routines or our lifestyle because it is already suited to the present situation.

-At the initial stage of any project we see people are always positive and full of energy and at the middle stage, it is seen that people have built confidence among themselves.

-It is the final stage where we observe a completely different aspect i.e. negative emotion called insight.

-The change should always be to the point, relevant, and well-timed.

-When we try to put our arguments of analysis to fight with indifference it does not actually make sense.

-When we argue to fight with indifference it’s like when a person is drowning and we try to help him with a fire extinguisher.

-The solution is not relevant to the problem when we just argue to put forward our views.

-When we diminish the change, we, in turn, accelerate the switch.

-When we accelerate the switch, this will always make the person feel a lot better when he witnesses a challenge.

-When we try to make a switch we should also pen our condemning moves.

-People will always underestimate the power of self-control.

-Self-control is not just about controlling our craving for cigarettes or alcohol; it is a much wider phenomenon.

-When we are told to give a negative review we tend to make our language very carefully and this is self-control.

-When we try to control ourselves we feel as if we have a supervisor who is watching us.

-Habits work as an autopilot to our behaviors.

-When a person’s self-control is depletable, it is a great thing if we acquire any positive change in our habits.

-Many times we observe that analysis can be TBU which stands true but is useless.

-The main problem of handling a change is that many times we see the heart and mind do not work in the same direction.

-When we are in the initial stage, we tend to obsess about the middle stage which is wrong and the middle stage appears to be a lot different when we really land there.

-The thing which should have our focus is a strong and bold starting point and ending point.

-The proclivity to get engaged in the analysis is what we call a weaknesses.

-We tend to observe that there are exceptions to all our problems that need to be identified.

-Once all those exceptions are identified we can make an analysis of those exceptions to work in a superior way.

-The analysis which is drawn by us will in turn give us a direction to find the solutions to our problems.

-We can motivate people in many ways we can always make them feel that they are much closer to the end than they would have thought.

-The problems that we witness in our society are mainly cryptic and progressing.

-We see that many of our complications are not like the burning platform which requires immediate and quick actions rather they are unfolding gradually.

-To tackle some broad issues we need open and creative minds that are filled with hope.

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