The hype surrounding this book always baffles me. It is a good book and all the points made are done so with sound principles as the foundation.. but it is far inferior to Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People," which I believe to be the best book on life and business written in the last 100 years.
Readers dentures made it so distracting and repelling to listen to, I always use my headphones and could literally feel the moisture in my ears from the constant little slurps within the readers speech. Made it nearly impossible to focus on the material. It felt as if I was sold HOURS of listening material, not the information. The reader is slooooooow, making long ,dramatic, useless pauses and sedated manner of reading was not attention grabbing but rather annoying.
There is so much frill and going in circles, I had to force myself to continue listening to the book just in hopes that it would "get to the point" eventually, but it never actually happened. The author is switching between "habits" suggested completely out any sense or order, the story is basically about the author's personal experience which says little of how it could possibly be anything that would work for others. It is far from real life and would require a total utopia for authors examples to work, I found it hard to believe that those were factual stories and not a made up theoretical "miracles" , I would listen to this book during long commutes and would catch myself thinking about something else, and then wonder how far back do I need to rewind the chapter. It was so un-captivating and monotonous, my brain would tune it out as an annoyance and move on to something more interesting. Tis book is not for listeners/readers who seek substance, practicality and actuality in the material.
It would need a different reader, PERIOD.
First: put them( the habits) in order, or re-number them so that they make sense, instead of saying lets start with number seven because in the process you will understand how number 1 and 2 make perfect sense and how number seven wouldn't work without 6. The book is full of rhetorical reflections of author's personal experience and assumptions instead of real life examples, methods or techniques that I was looking for.
Get Dale Carnegie's "How to win friends and influence people" instead.
I think it was more the narrator than the content, but I found the cadence and tone of the narrator annoying. As well, I loaded this book on both my iPod and iPad and never could keep the chapters in the right order. Twice I was in the middle of the book and suddenly the last chapter began playing. I could never get the book to play in sequence and constantly lost my spot. I never finished it.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
This is a life changer, not much more I can say. They work
How to not stress and use tried and tested ways to manage
This is definitely not a book you read only once. I really enjoyed listening to it and now I can use my hard copy to really examine the material. I plan to use this over and over again.
Yes! Everyone should read this book. Lots of god advice for a full and happy lifestyle.
No....but I want to listen to "The Eighth Habit."
Begin with the end in mind!
Yes, because it is full of useful tips and easy to understand and use learned lessons.
Dr. Stephen Covey is a sage consultant who has so much to offer.
His honest emotions come through as reads his book. It is clear that he believes everything he has written.
I particularly like his suggested approach to clearly articulate and live by your principles. It makes so much sense to clearly document your values and goals so that you are sure you know where you want to go. It is also obviously beneficial to continuously revisit those values and goals to improve them. Thank you again Dr. Covey.
PhD candidate in Plant Pathology. Love science, love studying FUNGI for all the amazing mysteries. Select books to help me grow internally, so I might better the world and not leave it in worse shape.
Read this book and gain the system of life itself. The principles taught in this book are eye opening and earth shattering. They are the principles your Grandma taught you and you knew were right, but didn't know why they were right (Likely Grandma didn't know either). This book tells you why they are right and why you should live by them. All of my deepest self-inflicted pains stem from NOT following these principles. Since listening to this book my relationships are dramatically better. I am now a hub of positive energy for relationships to benefit from and not a source of destruction as I once was.
I have read it more than half a dozen times. Each time I learn more. Covey is a master.
It is not really about characters. It is about you and the way you see yourself and how you can improve your life. That is attractive.
Stephen tells some interesting stories, but the real issue is it is about you thinking about yourself.
Not sure I could see a movie in it.
It is an oldie but a goodie.
Reduce the pointless, long-winded explanations about author's life experiences. After 2 or 10 you feel you need to fast forward or turn it off. Very hard to listen to because the content is so thinly spread. Identify each habit clearly and easily - I found that listening was difficult because there is no "aha" this is a new habit topic. Would be a good book at a third of the length it is, if not less.
disappointment, sleep and yawning
it may be better in print when you can easily skip the pointless bits - although, there are much better books out there selling the same ideas. For me it was not hands-on enough. Too much "filler" no enough "content" of relevance.