sure - because it is relevant to successful living.
This book is unique.
It is easy to listen to audio book using ipod while exercising or walking.
Think win win is an important concept that all of us could benefit from.
I am an admirer of Dr Steven Covey - he is my leadership development coach. I was sorry to hear of his recent passing away.
The context is very thought provoking and caused me to look inward to find some of life's solutions. It was very well done and I enjoyed it greatly.
I am not really sure how to compare this to another as I have not read/or listened to anything of this nature.
So far I really like listening to books in which the actual author reads the text. It seems that he knows just where to put the emphasis; and where to pause for impact.
Don't let your situation define you.
I think I would have preferred a professional reader. Covey has a bit of a pronunciation problem.
I felt like the examples of the 7 habits were overdone and repetitious. One hour per habit and maybe an extra hour for the intro and conclusion would have been sufficient. Thirteen hours was redundant.
Natural, down-home, and simple
It is a good book with excellent and still relevant ideas but there are a lot of common sense points where I don't think most people would need such a voluminous description.
When I picked this book up again in July 2012 I recalled that I had read portions of this book many years ago but failed to recall anything. I think it must have been one of the best decisions I made when picking up a book.
Steven Covey follows a very systematic path in introducing the books fundamental concepts. The distinction between character ethics and personality ethics followed by a description of what naturally aligned principles are makes perfect sense. The topic on private victories and its need to precede public victories made perfect sense.
I found the topics to be extremely relevant to what I was experiencing on a daily basis in my professional and personal life. Infact it turned out to be so engrossing that I re-read the first half of the book again (upto the 3 private victories) after the first pass was over.
I think ones ability to absorb stuff from this book is directly proportional to ones maturity & development level. I think this is one of the those books which one ought to revisit every once in a a while to refresh and relearn.
In summary this is a great book and would highly recommend it
Yes.I read the book several times.and after listening to the audio i'm still learning. Powerful stuff.
I had just finished this a few days before hearing of Dr Covey's death on July 16, 2012. Broke my heart and I felt cheated (selfishly) because I didn't get a chance to follow his tweets, take one of his courses, go to one of his lectures, here him speak... I was so glad that he read this book himself.
You will feel like your sitting on the floor looking up at someone who has much wisdom to offer. You will also find this book is so deep that you will need to read it several times to grasp the gold inside. I am amazed at how I just simply think about things differently and how my perception changed from things that now seem like "of course" I should have known that.
Please put this at the top of your list, this is a MUST READ for any human alive and kicking. There is also one for Teens and Children. I wish I had read this as a kid and a teen and now as an adult, it would be my 3rd dose at least and wow, how powerful would that have been.
7 Habits are so Powerful, Common Sense and yet deep deep. I am changed and better for reading this book, I believe.
No, but I certainly will now.
I laughed and cried several times through out the book
My prayers are with Dr Covey's family and friends. Thank you for using your life to bless mine and millions of others.
Great principles for life, but it's too hard to get past this poor recording. You hear every lip smack and small mouth noise coming out of his mouth and it's grating and irritating to say the least. It completely takes away from the material being shared. I've heard this is the first audiobook to sell 1 million copies and I honestly have no idea how so many people can tolerate the DISGUSTING mouth noises.
Disgusting and distracting mouth noises. Did they not have water for him in the studio? Did no one go back and edit the audio?
Listening to the content is the entire purpose.
Outside of the bible, I've never read any matterial that addresses choices in living as purely.
I prefer his older works to this recording because those were the ones that I first heard and their impact on me at the time was life changing.
Definitely. While I have read and hear the content before, as the listener your view points and experiences change from year to year as does your learning of the content. It's the same, but we are different, and you need time to digest and think about what you've heard.
This content was life changing for me 20 years ago and it continues to be the best tune-up material, outside of the Bible, that I have ever learned.
Yes, it's life transforming - applied it will make life on earth more satisfying and less frustrating. If you are around people who DON"T apply these principles, its rather sad to see how they fight themselves getting things done.
Getting Things Done, however that book is about tactics, this is the strategy. Read this first.
The Big Rocks, Small Rocks, Pebbles, Sand, water illustration
The Big Rocks, Small Rocks, Pebbles, Sand, water illustration which I think of at least once a week.
I can't say enough about this book, and the follow up, FIRST THINGS FIRST. This is the one book other than the Bible that I find myself re-reading over and over and over again. It took my TEN YEARS just to feel that I got the first Three and the Last habit down. Working on the rest. I'd also suggest "Boundaries" and "Be the Person you want to Be" as transformative books to read if you are into self improvement.
It was a good summary of some ways to focus attention and the arrangement was good.
WAY too long. Reiterate the same point over and over again and do so in a way that almost insults the intelligence. Also, the fabled "7 habits" are never clearly articulated as a unit at any point -- only mentioned in the various chapters, almost in passing. Thus, if, for instance, the reader already practiced one or more of these suggestions, there is no "skipping around" to pick up the remainders. Instead, one has to wade though all the junk to get to one or two nuggets.
Narrated by the author. The "preachyness" came right thru. If I wanted a sermon, I'd have gone to church.
The 7 habits are good ideas if you can ever separate the wheat from the chaff. The Cliff Notes would be a LOT better.