J. Jason Gale
Dr. Covey says he has studied the body of self-help literature (presumably prior to 1989) and the information overload is evident in his work. He denigrates most of the literature for being “personality” based instead of “character” based.
Character development is important. Improvement in character will probably make an improvement in most lives and in society on the whole. However, this treatment falls short of leading this reader towards that end in four areas.
1. Dr. Covey reads the book himself. It would take a miracle for any self-read character-improvement book to avoid sounding preachy and sometimes he doesn't seem to even try. When he holds character improvement to have moral value, he comes off sounding messianic. On one instance, he alters the Golden Rule to make his point.
2. The premise of his philosophy is that the goal of life is to have good eulogies at your funeral. (Insert your favorite “Over my dead body” joke here.) My philosophy of life is markedly different from that.
3. Any book telling people how to live is bound to be vague and overreaching, and "The 7 Habits" is a shining example. Dr. Covey uses far more metaphors to explain his theses than I cared for, and sometimes the correlations were a little obscure.
4. The delivery was monotonous. He didn’t have the sense of drama to reach a climax at his main points. And at the end of his thesis, he neglects the use of cadence, so he announces (seemingly hundreds of times) “New Heading.”
Though the information is exactly the same it gives all new insight to hear it read by the author. He not only does a good job reading but shares it with the same care that he put into the book. It is like listening to a presentation or conversation rather than an audio book.
The constant ah ha moments that come from self introspection while listening in the car on the way to work.
I love the habits but the introduction was the most powerful for self reflection
Well worth listening to.
Stephen Covey and this book is highly motivational
All 7 habits.
A great book to listen to over and over again.
A bit old fashioned. The key paradigms have all been heard before.
I am a twenty-something Californian who works in the field of human services, particularly empowering youth who are blind and visually impaired to find their way on their path to adulthood.
I enjoyed Stephen Covey's theories and techniques on living a great life. However, I found it tough to listen to him and keep up with all the ideas because they are at times complex.
I believe this book to be much more enjoyable in text, where you can go back and re-read sections you need to understand more and use them as a reference. It is very difficult to refer back to a specific section when you're listening.
Mr. Covey's narration was nice, but could have been a bit more interesting or passionate. His ideas are amazing, so I wish the narration would've matched that. It's very hard to listen to words that feel
No. Sometimes it inspired me to turn it off because it became a little to monotonous for audio listening.
I +1 Books.
- Be Proactive. Live on purpose.
- Begin with the mnd in mind. Think where you want to go, what you want to see.
- Put first things first. You can be busy and do nothing.
- Think Win-Win. The real win is when not only you win.
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Listen. Learn to listen.
- Synergize. Alone you can do nothing.
- Sharpen the Saw. Invest in your skills.
Rework is the best about business. 9 Steps by Stever is the best about Productivity. And 7 Habits is the BEST and the MOST PRACTICAL book about everything else. Period. Can’t wait to read/listen this book for the second, third time.
This book is quite enlightening. It also affirmed and clarified many thoughts I had in my mind. I listened to it twice, and I believe I will listen to it over and over.
I enjoyed listening to Covey read his own book. Not too fast, not too slow and monotonous. I found myself jotting down random notes from the book as I listened. I will certainly listen to it again.
Hard to get through at times when he reiterates simple concepts ad museum. Best listened to at double speed because narration is slow. It is not without worth, but time invested makes it low on value. Long slow read to get a few good parts that really resonate. Paper version would be better so that it is easyier to skip thru and make notes.