This audio edition is the first ever unabridged recording of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
© and (P)2004 FranklinCovey
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is by now one of the best-selling books of all time." (Fortune)
Highly recommend this book to anyone. Need to be willing to work through the assignments he gives and really think hard about what you want in life. Great book.
...for those looking for a long term (not quick) fix to their lives. Mr. Covey makes no secret that this is hard work and takes time to create a new habit. Every time I listen to it I learn something new. I can appreciate his affinity for the character (not personality) ethic. While I've tried countless other books and audio programs that preach more the short-term personality fixes, I keep coming back to "The 7 Habits..." If you're interested in working on the part of your iceberg that's below the surface of the water (stealing a metaphor from Mr. Covey), and not just the tip, then this is the book for you.
So much useful, deep and inspiring philosophies here that it borders on overwhelming.
The rest of this review is filling my 15 word quota.
There was some good information in this book. But it could have been done in a much shorter time frame. Repetitive.
I started this book because it's been around so long, (1989), and it's so popular that I've seen references to it in comics, tv and movies, that I thought I'd give it a read, or "listen" in this case to see what's the buzz. (I had the audio book.) All in all I enjoyed the book and thought, over all, there is some solid advice that can be gained from it. I've even determined to incorporate the basics of the concepts into my life. I would recommend this book to a friend.
That said, I only gave it three stars for a couple of reasons. The anecdotes about family members seemed to drag out a bit for my taste, and I don't believe any of them ended in a non-positive way. Which isn't realistic. For instance, part of the wisdom the book teaches is that sometimes you just need to let your children live their own lives, and accept it. Then goes on with an example where a parent did just that, and the child ended up deciding to go to college after all, exactly what the parent wanted. A few examples thrown into the mix where the subjects actually had to live with things that didn't go their way in the end would have been a bit more realistic. Secondly, a little less specific religious references would have been less distracting. I believe this book would benefit most anyone of any religion or spiritual disposition, as the author states early in the book. I personally just didn't find the reading of his beliefs as beneficial to the books basic concepts. Maybe and abridged version would have earned more stars from me. Lastly...and it didn't affect my rating or liking of the book, some of the jargon is dated...naturally being published first in 1989. Again, that shouldn't cloud the premise 7 habits. Overall, good habits.
I will have to say this book has opened my eyes to a better way to live my life. I look forward listening to it again. It is like a great movie I am sure I will get many new things from it every time I read it. Great for anyone that communicates with another person. Especially your wife and children, the most important people in my life.
The win win process
No laughing or crying but it really made me think about what is most important to me in this journey called life.
I hope that when you read it you will tell ten more about it.
PRACTICAL REALISTIC RELATABLE
No. I made many bookmarks in places where I would've highlighted. I still might buy a hard copy.
Yes. It made me look at things differently. "Begin with the end in mind."
Worth the $$$ in ANY form!
All of it.
Dr. Covey is a great story teller.
His voice is addictive.
I am applying all of it to my daily life.
One of my ten most important books to read.
I only have 2 books in my library and this is definitely #1, so far. I am also new to using audible but its really useful. I am a college student with a busy schedule reading all my school required school books so these kinds of books are books I have to schedule in when I am waiting for something, before I go to bed, etc.
This book is not a story per say... but he does tell stories in the book usually about his family and his work experiences but they are useful examples. One story in the book he mentions about not seeing eye to eye with one of his co-workers and how he manages to work things out to be successful at working together, the stories are just relatable.
A part in this book is he puts you in a scenario to picture yourself at your own funeral and asks you to think about who would be there, what would they say about you and so on (Definitely! gave me a new perspective on how I was living...)
I will always remember the part where he says some people prioritize there schedules (meaning we put our urgent problems at the top of the list in our day to day to do list) when in reality we should schedule our priorities (meaning we should make time in our schedule for our priorities, being proactive, planning ahead) and its true I never really looked at it this way.
Something else he mentions that I found really important he says relationships are more valuable than any job (basically anything materialistic) I realized I buy a lot of these business books but none have ever mentioned a relationship is more important than business transactions or at least not the way he puts it. Very good stuff!
-"Problems should be an opportunity to strengthen a relationship"
-"Begin with the end in mind"
-being Responsible -"response-able" (teaches about self-awareness and of how you respond to situations)
I will admit at times because of some new terminology it felt like I was reading a text book, However I easily pick up the meaning of the new words I heard because of the example stories he uses but this book definitely needs to be in everyones library.
Well you kind of already know this is going to be a great book. There is so much useful information for improving all parts of your daily living. Really causes you to rethink your motives and actions.
"The message is simple"
Like others on here I initially found the voice monotone and dry with none of the usual punch and uplift found in other personal improvement readings. But on reflection I think that this bland style works better in the long run. It allows you to listen, really listen to what he is saying rather than be short term uplifted. A long book taken at what seems a leisurely pace but I do not think it could have been shortened and still get the message across. This is a casserole not a microwave meal.
I'd known about this book for a long time and it was always on my list of books to read (listen to). I found the 7 habits fascinating. The age of the book does come across and it is a little preachy but Stephen Covey's research, conclusions and insights are staggering in their depth. Although you come away feeling that a lot of what he says is common sense, the vast majority of people, including myself, would never think in those terms. Stephen unravels what it is to be human and how to make the most of that gift. I can't believe anyone listening could fail to benefit hugely from the experience.
"7 Habits, constructive change not quick-fix"
I took the time to listen to the unabridged version. Audible could do with reviewing the encoding but other than that the book was excellent.
This book is required reading for managers in the 21st century as is the 8th habit. This was an easy listen (even the unabridged version) and Stephen Covey is a great narrator. I'd recommend this book to all.
i thought this was interesting and useful book. The behaviours (habits) make alot of sense
It is a tad preachy at the end. If your in a toss up between this and how to win friends and influence people i think the later is better
"Get over the hangup - does NOT push religion"
There are a few reviewers who have written off the book because the author happens to merely mention - in one sentence in the prologue - that he is a Christian. Surely the problem is no more than if he had mentioned being an atheist? - Anyway it is irrelevant to the content of the book and has no bearing on the concept, which is well researched and solid. The author has presented to boards of directors of major international companies and organisations and they wouldn't buy into crap and this is in no way wishy-washy or spiritual, the principles are well set out and argued.
I let the voice - which some may find jarring - pass over me and listened to the content which was what I bought it for after all.
Very insightful and well organised.
As an open minded individual - as far as one may be - why are so many people so touchy as to junk an entire book that is well reviewed by many business leaders and thinkers (and others) simply because an author mentions that he/she has a belief system? Very odd methinks...perhaps there may be something in it. Must look deeper myself perhaps - shall look in the relevant Audible category for a scholarly work without a strong agenda in either direction methinks! - Any suggestions anyone?
"Helped me focus on who I am"
brilliant book.Layed out principles that are common for all people and essential for success. it helped me to re-focus on what is important for me in life and how to reprioritise my life around my principals.
A must listen for anyone and everyone
If you have not yet read this book then you really should. It has been very influential and contains a wealth of ideas. If you only read one personal development book it should be this one. The audio book is well read by the author and is easy to follow and quite entertaining.
You can now have your cake and eat it. Having read a lot of management books, this is the one that will change your outlook on family and work. You will learn over time to do things differently and take control of those aspects of your life that at the moment might be controlling you.
The book is very readable and listening to Stephen Covey is even better.
"A great listen"
A very empowering book with lots of easy to do, useful ideas for leading a happier, more fulfilling life. Well worth a listen.
"7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
In the first half hour I was surprised and disappointed the author matched ideal human principles to those of god, and described using faith and prayer to help him and his wife understand and maintain those principles.
I wanted sensible advice, not a lesson in spirituality. This discredited the author as a serious teacher for me.
I didn't see any warning of this in the synopsis, nor on wikipedia. This title should also be included in the spiritual and religion sections. Beware.
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