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About The Power of Moments Book

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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The Power of Moments by Chip Heath, Dan Heath

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“Transitions should be marked, milestones commemorated, and pits filled. That’s the essence of thinking in moments.”




“Defining moments shape our lives, but we don’t have to wait for them to happen. We can be the authors of them.”



Defining Moments

Defining Moments

Defining moments stand out, they influence us, cause us to rethink our direction, re-shape the trajectory of our lives.

We can engineer these moments—or at least create the conditions for them to emerge. To create more and more powerful defining moments, we need to become “moment-spotters”—learn to spot occasions to invest in. Our focus on goals can blind us to the possibility of a given moment—even as moments can support the achievement of goals. 


The best book I have read so far (non-ficiton)

A Framework To Design Experiences

A Framework To Design Experiences

This is the best book I have read so far.

Here’s a quick summary of the book 👇

The authors, through their extensive research deciphered powerful moments to extract ingredients of an extraordinary moment.

Powerful moments are made up of these ingredients:

Elevation = Lifting of Sprits, Emotion = Goosebumps 

Pride = Amplifying sense of achievement with recognition, Emotion = Pride, Satisfied 

Insight = Breaking of existing schema, enabling someone with knowledge currently unpossessed, Emotion = Surprise (ahhhhhaaa) 

Connect = social connect, sense of belonging, Emotion = joy, cared for


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