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.
I haven't gotten very far in the book yet, and I know this sounds petty, but the speech impediment of the reader makes the book difficult to listen to. I find myself stuck on the mispronounced words and no longer listening to what has been said since I heard the problem word. Then I have to rewind and try to ignore it. A personal issue, I know, but I'm mentioning it because others might have the same issue. For instance the word "picture" is pronounced by the narrator as "pitcher"; "personal" is pronounced "pershonal"; "subtle" is pronounced "subble"; "prestige" is prounounced "presteech". I'm hoping after a few hours of listening I'll start to be able to tune it out.
I bought this audiobook but until now i have not managed to get beyond the introduction, more than one hour long. Stephen Covey is really impressed with himself and the life he has created for him and his family and he doesn't mind sharing and analyzing even the most trivial events. This book may contain valuable information but it is so boring to listen to so i recommend the abridged version. Life is to short for this!
Good book and very help full for changing habits. i usually get bore form these kind of book , but i finsished this and never loose interest in this book
I think he could apply the habits in a little easier form , instead he goes to a whole other level with explanation and for someone like me " simple man " its a little annoying , but its a great book and worth to read ! contents and idea A + the layout B
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A good book or better yet, it's worth a listen as its principles will no doubt make one a better person by improving all major aspects of their personal, work, and family life.
I first read the book 15 years ago, and am refreshing myself with the audible version. This book should be considered the authoritative source on personal relationships. You should not just read it and go about your business, you should perform the recommended exercises, and then refresh your understanding of the different concepts as you struggle some issue with another person. Family, personal, business, it makes no difference. The concepts have been constructed in such a way that you will find a path to get though your challenges and come out stronger and with better relationships in the end.
The content is great, however the narration leaves something to be desired.
I'll struggle listening to this again, even though I'd really like to.