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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change | [Stephen R. Covey]

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new forward and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant.
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Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new forward and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant and answer some of the most common questions he has received over the past 15 years.

This audio edition is the first ever unabridged recording of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

© and (P)2004 FranklinCovey

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"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is by now one of the best-selling books of all time." (Fortune)

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    Matthew Guelph, ON, Canada 07-20-13
    Matthew Guelph, ON, Canada 07-20-13
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    "Classic"

    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.

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    Sean United States 07-08-13
    Sean United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Timeless information..."

    ...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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 06-13-13
    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 06-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Will change your outlook on life..."

    So much useful, deep and inspiring philosophies here that it borders on overwhelming.

    The rest of this review is filling my 15 word quota.

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    compounded pharmacist Brookings, OR USA 06-08-13
    compounded pharmacist Brookings, OR USA 06-08-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Boring!"
    Was The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People worth the listening time?

    There was some good information in this book. But it could have been done in a much shorter time frame. Repetitive.


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    Brad Barker Cana Va 06-08-13
    Brad Barker Cana Va 06-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty good stuff."

    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.

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    Steve 05-31-13
    Steve 05-31-13
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    "A must read for everyone"
    Where does The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

    The win win process


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No laughing or crying but it really made me think about what is most important to me in this journey called life.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that when you read it you will tell ten more about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tyisha 05-30-13
    Tyisha 05-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Self Improvement Book"
    If you could sum up The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in three words, what would they be?

    PRACTICAL REALISTIC RELATABLE


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What does Stephen R. Covey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    No. I made many bookmarks in places where I would've highlighted. I still might buy a hard copy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. It made me look at things differently. "Begin with the end in mind."


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the $$$ in ANY form!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bobby lewisville, TX, United States 05-23-13
    Bobby lewisville, TX, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

    All of it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Covey is a great story teller.


    What does Stephen R. Covey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is addictive.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

    I am applying all of it to my daily life.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my ten most important books to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thalia Springdale, AR, United States 05-19-13
    Thalia Springdale, AR, United States 05-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Picture yourself at your own funeral..."
    Where does The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen R. Covey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    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)





    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    John HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA, United States 05-12-13
    John HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA, United States 05-12-13
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    "Excellent book!!!"
    If you could sum up The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in three words, what would they be?

    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.


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  • Margaret
    morpeth, northumberland, United Kingdom
    4/27/10
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    "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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Triplecat
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    1/23/09
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    "Highly recommended."

    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.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Leon
    Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
    6/16/06
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    "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.

    65 of 73 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    waterlooville, hampshire, United Kingdom
    8/20/09
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    "good stuff"

    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

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Stair
    Northumberland, UK
    5/23/12
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    "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?

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Atif
    East ham, London, United Kingdom
    3/23/11
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    "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

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    SixmilecrossUnited Kingdom
    4/13/10
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    "Must Read"

    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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom
    8/2/07
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    "Life changing"

    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.

    26 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • bookwormbadger
    Gloucestershire
    3/18/11
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    "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 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    chipnallUnited Kingdom
    3/10/11
    Overall
    "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.

    20 of 27 people found this review helpful

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