I loved his previous work - 7 habits of highly effective people,
I had expected something different, I guess.
However, generally speaking, I find his book very intriguing, informative, inspiring, thought provoking extremely helpful, and life changing.
I thought this book would go over the 7 habits again and add on the 8th habit,
as I had wanted to be reminded again of those,
but as the title the book focuses on the 8 th habit, apart from a brief mention about 7 habits.
The 8th habit is about "finding your voice" and "helping others to find their voice".
You could say it is a bit religious but it still gives plenty of information for you to learn.
The book was also read by the author, and I quite like his narration, easy to understand and not slow at all.
I personally think everyone can learn something out of this book,
[but I only gave a four star as I believe it is not his best work, not as good as 7 habits]
it was worth the credit.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
7 Habits was a landmark. This will not carry the OMG response as 7 Habits may have done.
In some ways this could be an update of the 7 habits. And it will take you a step further. He refers to the point of choice and 'Intelligence' and birthright.
While it is good to hear Stephen Covey speak , 'hard copy' may be a better way to go. While the 'lighthouse paradigm' shift, may not seem to be present,
the act of finding your own voice and expressing that is so important even now in 2010.
Try your local Library first and read the hard copy.
If you like Covey, you will enjoy this book. Having read a number of his books, I recommend this one before the 7 Habits. The 7 Habits are one part of the 8th Habit in my opinion.
This book is more about finding balance in your life.
This , in my oppinion, is the base on which people should make decisions and make lifestyle choices. It takes alot of dedication to instill into your everyday routine, but that is where it is realistic. There are no quickfix answers to changing or promoting youself, it is a constant and continual process. Otherwise you are not being honest to the most important aspect, yourself
It was a good read... Especially through audible..i could now burn a CD and then do a 'CD read' instead of flipping through the pages..
though I'd not compare the effect the ' Seven Habits...' had on me as a late teen...or a young guy..as to this one...where I am rightnow 34..
I think reading a book and capturing from it (and getting inspired) has a lot to do with your age and your mental status... i was one of the lucky youngsters to have read ' Seven Habits...' at that young age..and it shaped me very well..helped me correct myself..today i'm doing much happier ..with myself... and 8th habit just confirms the importance of 'principle b ased leadership', integrity, and being useful to others...which I have learnt by now!
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I am a big Covey fan and I was very disappointed with this work. It was no where need the standard of his previous works. I did not listen to more that 30 minutes as I got bored. I normally listen to audio books all the way through (and I normally go for the unabridged versions).
I purchased this audio book because I loved 7 Habits. I was dissappointed with this one because so much of it was a re-hash of the 7 Habits book. There is some new material, however not as much as I would have cared for and even a lot of the real world examples were copied from the first book.
I didn't really care for this book. I didn't think there was much more content than the 7 habits book. Also, Covey did the reading of the book himself. He should have spent the money to hire someone. He can't say the word "picture" and really mispronounced "ensign" and a few others.