Many people have told me how valuable this book is over the years, I just never found the time to sit down with it. I'm currently listening to it for the second time, in a row, because I found it so useful in every day interactions with people. It gives a better way to communicate with everyone in your life from family, friends, co-workers, the boss, children. Everyone. This is not a "think positively and your world will change" fru fru book. It gives the habits, how they work and real life examples of how these habits are applied. A truly "effective" book!
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I think he's best to remain himself.
Most of it I had previously learned or I've attended classes where people have used his methods, it was good to remind myself of ways to interact, kindness and my favourite "no one can hurt you if you don't let them".
I will definately listen to another book of his in the future.
One of the greatest business books of all time. Clear, practical wisdom that applies to business, relationships and other aspects of life.
I really enjoyed hearing Covey's specific examples of tough situations solved with his practical 7 steps... the examples he gave were especially helpful in relating the material to my own life. His message is one that's practical and timeless. I found the audible book uplifting overall and something I could look forward to listening to for about 15 minutes at a time while driving.
I think breaking up the listening into small bites over a period of a week or two would be most recommended. There's a lot of material here to digest - too much for just one sitting!
I absolutely love this book. I really believe that if you follow all of these habits you can really have success in your life. I have read the abridged version all the way through and now reading the unabridged one habit at a time to really study and learn each and apply them in my life.
I liked The 7 Habits. I generally enjoy books that feel to me like their content rings truthful, and there are many parts to this book that have made me feel that way.
That being said, I found it a little sermon-y. I could have pictured a priest in a Roman-Catholic Church reading the contents of this book. That didn't appeal to me so much. I want a book to teach me something new but I don't want it to have that kind of tone. It's very cheesy at times and though some may want to/ would be able to do some of the "applications" that he suggests, I have found many to be...tawdry and unconvincing (e.g. have a family mission statement).
I found it difficult to get through the better part of the whole first half. The second one went better. I was committed to it and still felt that I was derving some benefit but was glad when it was done.
Classic advice about managing priorities, not managing time as is often supposed. Lots of good information about the power of vision and mission, and their use to focus resources--including emotion--to accomplish what is truly important in life (and business).
Recommended for everyone.
Really great, recommend to all. I was turned off by how conservative Dr Covey is... didn't appreciate invocations of God...thought it was prudish to insist we "not think pornographic thoughts". Still, a great listen.
The segment on principled living.
Both. What a thought-provoking book.
For those people caught in the trap of having life live them this book is a must read. If you were stranded on a desert island next to the Bible, this book would have to be one of ten I would pick.
Having read the book some years ago, it is nice to be able to listen to it once again in this complete and unabridged format.
While all of the seven habits are compelling, it is very moving to reflect on how important it is first to understand others, and only then to seek to be understood yourself. Covey's suggestions for this habit are truly outstanding!
I am a long time admirer of Covey and so I really enjoy the fact that it is he himself who is reading the text. Having said this, his voice seems at times tired and lacking energy. Some might find this difficult to listen to for longer periods of time.
This is a life changing book. If you have not read it yet, it is a definite must read. If you have already read it once, you need to listen to it again!
This is my first book purchased on Audible.com. I am listening to it at home on my computer and on the road through my iPhone. Whispersync is awesome! I always pick up exactly where I left off, no matter were I am! I am very impressed with Audible, and will be continuing to purchase audiobooks using this service.