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.
One of my first Audible purchases. The title really gets you, imagining it will shed some enlightenment in your life when in actuality the drag on story almost puts you to sleep. Perhaps if the narrator had more interesting voice and tone it wouldn't be so umbearable. I did not get to part two, due to dragging on of the read and the voice behind it!
Quite a bit.
I have already forgot the book.
Don't get a slut to be a narrator.
I recommend this book to anyone open enough and brave enough to change
When I realized I was the problem.
Stephen Covey's speech patern just drove me nuts....He said Circle all the time... and it came out SHIRCLE!! I couldn't get past it!! I know I'm petty.... ?:^P
Commuting 2 hours a day to and from work allows me the pleasure of listening to many books where I would otherwise not have time to read
I sure wish Steven Covey would have written a book detailing how the 7 habits are used with the Franklin Covey planner. I have been using the planner system for 14 years now and would love a refresher course. This book is the foundation of personal organization.
yes, it makes you see things from a good perspective
the emphasis on what is important
Yes, if it was in a field that interested me.
I haven't got that far yet, sorry!
He read too fast! Slow down, please!
Not really, as it's more of a life-skills book. But I would vote for George Clooney, anyway, if it needed an actor!
Listening via audiobooks is a good way to 'read' the book while walking the dog or driving to work!
The audio was full of great and necessary steps to develope successful habits, but in audio form I could not track them all so I bought the work book also. The narration is well delivered and I felt conected to it. I would consider this required reading for anyone with success as a goal.
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.”