There was some good information in this book. But it could have been done in a much shorter time frame. Repetitive.
I started this book because it's been around so long, (1989), and it's so popular that I've seen references to it in comics, tv and movies, that I thought I'd give it a read, or "listen" in this case to see what's the buzz. (I had the audio book.) All in all I enjoyed the book and thought, over all, there is some solid advice that can be gained from it. I've even determined to incorporate the basics of the concepts into my life. I would recommend this book to a friend.
That said, I only gave it three stars for a couple of reasons. The anecdotes about family members seemed to drag out a bit for my taste, and I don't believe any of them ended in a non-positive way. Which isn't realistic. For instance, part of the wisdom the book teaches is that sometimes you just need to let your children live their own lives, and accept it. Then goes on with an example where a parent did just that, and the child ended up deciding to go to college after all, exactly what the parent wanted. A few examples thrown into the mix where the subjects actually had to live with things that didn't go their way in the end would have been a bit more realistic. Secondly, a little less specific religious references would have been less distracting. I believe this book would benefit most anyone of any religion or spiritual disposition, as the author states early in the book. I personally just didn't find the reading of his beliefs as beneficial to the books basic concepts. Maybe and abridged version would have earned more stars from me. Lastly...and it didn't affect my rating or liking of the book, some of the jargon is dated...naturally being published first in 1989. Again, that shouldn't cloud the premise 7 habits. Overall, good habits.
I will have to say this book has opened my eyes to a better way to live my life. I look forward listening to it again. It is like a great movie I am sure I will get many new things from it every time I read it. Great for anyone that communicates with another person. Especially your wife and children, the most important people in my life.
The win win process
No laughing or crying but it really made me think about what is most important to me in this journey called life.
I hope that when you read it you will tell ten more about it.
PRACTICAL REALISTIC RELATABLE
No. I made many bookmarks in places where I would've highlighted. I still might buy a hard copy.
Yes. It made me look at things differently. "Begin with the end in mind."
Worth the $$$ in ANY form!
All of it.
Dr. Covey is a great story teller.
His voice is addictive.
I am applying all of it to my daily life.
One of my ten most important books to read.
I only have 2 books in my library and this is definitely #1, so far. I am also new to using audible but its really useful. I am a college student with a busy schedule reading all my school required school books so these kinds of books are books I have to schedule in when I am waiting for something, before I go to bed, etc.
This book is not a story per say... but he does tell stories in the book usually about his family and his work experiences but they are useful examples. One story in the book he mentions about not seeing eye to eye with one of his co-workers and how he manages to work things out to be successful at working together, the stories are just relatable.
A part in this book is he puts you in a scenario to picture yourself at your own funeral and asks you to think about who would be there, what would they say about you and so on (Definitely! gave me a new perspective on how I was living...)
I will always remember the part where he says some people prioritize there schedules (meaning we put our urgent problems at the top of the list in our day to day to do list) when in reality we should schedule our priorities (meaning we should make time in our schedule for our priorities, being proactive, planning ahead) and its true I never really looked at it this way.
Something else he mentions that I found really important he says relationships are more valuable than any job (basically anything materialistic) I realized I buy a lot of these business books but none have ever mentioned a relationship is more important than business transactions or at least not the way he puts it. Very good stuff!
-"Problems should be an opportunity to strengthen a relationship"
-"Begin with the end in mind"
-being Responsible -"response-able" (teaches about self-awareness and of how you respond to situations)
I will admit at times because of some new terminology it felt like I was reading a text book, However I easily pick up the meaning of the new words I heard because of the example stories he uses but this book definitely needs to be in everyones library.
Well you kind of already know this is going to be a great book. There is so much useful information for improving all parts of your daily living. Really causes you to rethink your motives and actions.
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.