One of the greatest business books of all time. Clear, practical wisdom that applies to business, relationships and other aspects of life.
I really enjoyed hearing Covey's specific examples of tough situations solved with his practical 7 steps... the examples he gave were especially helpful in relating the material to my own life. His message is one that's practical and timeless. I found the audible book uplifting overall and something I could look forward to listening to for about 15 minutes at a time while driving.
I think breaking up the listening into small bites over a period of a week or two would be most recommended. There's a lot of material here to digest - too much for just one sitting!
I absolutely love this book. I really believe that if you follow all of these habits you can really have success in your life. I have read the abridged version all the way through and now reading the unabridged one habit at a time to really study and learn each and apply them in my life.
I liked The 7 Habits. I generally enjoy books that feel to me like their content rings truthful, and there are many parts to this book that have made me feel that way.
That being said, I found it a little sermon-y. I could have pictured a priest in a Roman-Catholic Church reading the contents of this book. That didn't appeal to me so much. I want a book to teach me something new but I don't want it to have that kind of tone. It's very cheesy at times and though some may want to/ would be able to do some of the "applications" that he suggests, I have found many to be...tawdry and unconvincing (e.g. have a family mission statement).
I found it difficult to get through the better part of the whole first half. The second one went better. I was committed to it and still felt that I was derving some benefit but was glad when it was done.
Classic advice about managing priorities, not managing time as is often supposed. Lots of good information about the power of vision and mission, and their use to focus resources--including emotion--to accomplish what is truly important in life (and business).
Recommended for everyone.
Really great, recommend to all. I was turned off by how conservative Dr Covey is... didn't appreciate invocations of God...thought it was prudish to insist we "not think pornographic thoughts". Still, a great listen.
The segment on principled living.
Both. What a thought-provoking book.
For those people caught in the trap of having life live them this book is a must read. If you were stranded on a desert island next to the Bible, this book would have to be one of ten I would pick.
Having read the book some years ago, it is nice to be able to listen to it once again in this complete and unabridged format.
While all of the seven habits are compelling, it is very moving to reflect on how important it is first to understand others, and only then to seek to be understood yourself. Covey's suggestions for this habit are truly outstanding!
I am a long time admirer of Covey and so I really enjoy the fact that it is he himself who is reading the text. Having said this, his voice seems at times tired and lacking energy. Some might find this difficult to listen to for longer periods of time.
This is a life changing book. If you have not read it yet, it is a definite must read. If you have already read it once, you need to listen to it again!
This is my first book purchased on Audible.com. I am listening to it at home on my computer and on the road through my iPhone. Whispersync is awesome! I always pick up exactly where I left off, no matter were I am! I am very impressed with Audible, and will be continuing to purchase audiobooks using this service.
This book puts into words some of the best practices you have always thought would be a great idea. It makes them very real and applicable to every day life. Step by step and example by example he shows you the way to empower your life. I plan on reading over and over
I have no doubt the content of this book is valuable, and I'll be finishing it in hard copy. The author-reader's delivery was just awful and, for my own sanity, I had to stop listening. Simple words were mispronounced (i.e., "picture" was spoken as "pitcher"). Cadence was choppy. Intonation was flat. But the last straw was the author-reader's announcement of "New Heading" at every transition. Even now, I cringe thinking about it. A more skilled reader would have been able to make those transitions without offering the listener a roadmap.