I was back and forth the whole time with this book. There is certainly a sprinkling of useful insights. However most of the book is a long drawn out explanation of what he calls "common" traits among non "correct" people followed by an explanation of the "correct" way which most of us already implement. Sure there are a few of us out there who are totally off track. I am willing to bet if you are considering buying this book you are probably not one of these people!
I was also very put off by all of the biblical references and quotations. I don't want or need any of these oppressive ideas to guide a successful life for myself.
I've read the book before many years ago (just needed a refresher). The principles taught in this book are truly helpful and I highly recommend READING it. Stephen's narration just made me sleepy. I found mind drifting off, I just couldn't stay focused.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein
I know it is not the right thing to do to write a review before finishing the book , but I couldn't help it! I have read , attended trainings and workshops about the seven habits , but I still think this audio book is an absolute must! Stephen R. Covey himself narrates and he is not only a great narrator, he is also so passionate about the subject he spent most of his adult life studying and teaching.
There is so much wisdom collected in these pages, you would need to be exceptionally knowledgeable not to be able to gain from reading Dr. Coveys book.
This is the best explanation of principle-based living I've seen. I have listened to some parts of it more than 20 times and will probably continue. I never seem to stop getting more from it.
It has helped me to understand and correct many of the biggest mistakes I have been making, and the difference is incredible. There's no magic or voodoo or tricks here, just pure common sense and wisdom.
This book has transformed my life for the better, forever!
Thank you Dr. Stephen R. Covey
Every word is golden! These are the principles that make life make sense. Thank you for putting it in a format that I can take with me where I go.
The information is good. If I were at a seminar learning this, I'm sure I'd find it invaluable. I find reading it extremely dull. I'd tried reading the book before and couldn't. I have been listening to it for over a month and am not even half way through it. I have to reward myself for listening to a chapter by listening to a podcast or a work of fiction. This likely says more about me and my lack of living the principles taught herein than it says about the book. So, as the car companies say--your milage may vary.
The narration isn't actually all that bad. BUT there are a 5-10 REALLY LOUD, REALLY OBNOXIOUS, random pops that did not sound good for my speakers. Kind of upsetting that Audible was so lazy that they just release a rough recording. It wouldn't be all that bad, but these pops are really loud, shrill, and annoying. Just lazy production. Shame seeing how the book is actually pretty good.
This is a book to re-read many times in a life, because the lessons can be re-learned and re-applied regardless of one's evolution as an enlightened person.
Dr. Covey does a very good job of reading his own classic. A must read for everyone.
One of the best books I have ever heard and read. This book is worth reading over and over again.
I have owned 7 Habits for at least ten years. In all that time I don't think I ever made it past the introduction. It took Audible.com for me to finally take the time to listen to this book on being effective
As I listened to Mr. Covey read his own words, I repeatedly chastised myself for taking so long to do so. While the book and Mr. Covey's exact words were new to me, so much of the 7 Habits resonates with my own personal philosophies and project management styles.
Mr. Covey read the book personally and I think this added a lot more to the book. So many of the stories are directly personal that for someone else to read it, the book would lose a lot of credibility. And Mr. Covey's personal anecdotes are a vital part of the success of this book. This isn't just some self-help theory being preached by a consultant. The 7 habits are something developed through Mr. Covey's personal life experiences. The sheer power of example on perspective is strong all by itself. Having the man who personally witnessed the events tell the story makes for an impact you just can't measure.
The seven habits themselves are not something profound or earth shattering. Instead, I would place them into the pantheon of common sense. And we all know how much we humans manage to use common sense. His concept of task management (Part of Habit 3: Put First Things First) makes complete sense and is so easily put into practice. I had a business colleague complain about how his team was constantly behind the eight ball and they just couldn't get far enough ahead of the fires to plan. He'd never read 7 Habits, but I described Mr. Covey's two by two Importance/Urgency matrix to him in a couple of paragraph email. A month later he told me they'd been using it and it done wonders. By taking a little time, they'd discovered a lot of the fires were urgent, but not important.
This book may be twenty-two years old, but the words are still as relevant today as the day Mr. Covey first wrote them.