Love the book. Alas, THIS audibook is poorly edited. At around 1:30 mark, it jumps from middle of chapter 1 to middle of chapter 7. Haven't listened further yet. Will modify review if/when I find further discrepancies.
Too religious? Irrational? Morality? What book are these people reading?
Does the author mention religion? Yes. He clearly states that he believes in God. That takes up approximately 2 sentences in the entire book (though he says a little more in the afterword). He also mentions that all enduring religions AS WELL AS all enduring philosophical systems agree on certain principles of human maturity and interaction, and those are the principles he bases the book on. But is The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg religious, or even spiritual? Because that's by far the primary principle in the book.
Now, I guess you could say some parts talk about morality, but not in the sense of "you must love your neighbor" or whatever. And yes, the part about being honest could be seen as morality, but considering the whole point is that honesty is a requirement for having people trust you, it strikes me that many of these negative reviews may be written by people who wanted a quick fix, a set of numerical steps on how to be successful.
But that is not what this book is about. The point of this book is that you will never be content in your life if you are looking for contentment OUTSIDE OF your life. It all has to come from within -- that is, your character, who you are. There's nothing moral about that. There's nothing religious about that. But there's also nothing easy about it. This book is work. Lifelong work. And a lot of people simply are not ready for the implications. The first time I read it I didn't realize how far away from the objective I was. But as I've grown and reread the book, I've discovered how deep it goes.
Of course, none of this is scientific. None of it is rational. That isn't the point. We aren't solving sudoku or splitting atoms. We are dealing with human emotions, and there's nothing rational about emotions. But there can be a solid approach to controlling our lives, and that's what this book is all about.
I just wish they'd hired a professional to read it.
The release of this first unabridged audio edition of "The 7 Habits" could not have happened at a better (or worse) time.
The time-honored principles so marvelously organized by Dr. Covey cover every faith and philosophy, where principle-centered treatment of and respect for all people are at their very core.
Every person who is a manager or leader should read (listen to) this book. The book's original subtitle, "Restoring the character ethic," is the best way to overcome the problems that have happened in recent years with accounting scandals and other violations of trust that companies and other organizations have inflicted upon their stakeholders.
1) All of Dr. Covey's subsequent books that go into greater depth about each one of the seven habits.
2) Dr. Covey's long-awaited follow-up to this work, "The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness," which adds a higher dimension to effectiveness, as he mentions in the updated afterword of this edition of "The 7 Habits".
I will admit this audiobook can be a little dry in spots but I must encourage anyone who reads it to practice the principled habits and see how it changes your life. Spend a month practicing each habit and you will see your leadership skills develop. Covey is a bit different from other self development authors because he leaves more to the imagination between the principles and how you choose to practice them. It can make the book more challenging to get through but if you stay on course, it's very rewarding. And I must recommend reviewing the book and chapters with a friend, spouse, or coworker. It can create a very encouraging environment. If you do find yourself stuck between the principles and practices, read Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People"; A fantastic book which lists many methods based on the axioms Covey talks about in this book. I hope this review helps.
Generally a good book, but contains too much fluff. Could have been a lot more leaner, while still providing the same values. A great book to hear though.
I love this book. Steven Covey does a great job at identifying what is important in life and also does a wonderful job at showing the reader how to aply the habits to thier own life. Great book! A must Read!
What a great book. I've enjoyed listening to Dr. Covey speak. It's almost like we developed a friendship. I'm quoting him all of the time. This book is incredible... now if only I can live up to this standard!
It is a wonderful feeling to come across a book where you feel that you really got your money's worth and that you really are learning something new and exciting that would greatly improve the way you think and live. Dr. Covey really got me thinking about so many things that I could really improve on and just what he said about not "getting in the thick of thin things" alone is worth every penny. I want to be a better husband and a better father to my children and strongly believe following the principals he identified will greatly help me achieve that.
I have listened to this one over a dozen times and can't get enough. The material is easy to understand but so challenging that you must listen several times to even start to take it all it. Dr. Covey's book has helped me double my income in 18 months and has helped me improve my marriage tremendously with habit 5. By far the best program I have ever listened too!
Dr Covey is a man of character and demonstrates that in his book. I read this book several years ago and loaned it to someone but never got it back. I've been traveling a lot lately and decided to download this to listen to while traveling and really enjoyed the refresher. Key points that really hit home around Win-Win or Walk Away resonated with me again and the key points to business and personal relationships really renewed my perspectives.
I would have preferred this book not be so long, 11 hours is a bit much and possibly could have been condensed but I'd be afraid it would lose its impact. Regardless, great book but misses 5 stars for me for length.