The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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5 out of 5 stars
By Margaret on 04-27-10

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.

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49 of 52 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Triplecat on 01-23-09

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.

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53 of 58 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Stir on 05-23-12

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?

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66 of 73 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 08-20-09

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

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15 of 16 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Atif on 03-23-11

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

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22 of 24 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Chantelle Lue on 09-28-17

Brillant Book!

I had previosuly attended a sales training course based on the 7 habits and it literally changed my entire percepeption of life. The book (and the bible!) is a must read for anyone who really wants to understand who they are and make positive changes in their lives. If you're looking for a quick-fix, don't read it, because it does not offer 'implement now' solutions to any problems. It rather helps you to focus on that which is truly important in life and offers and insight into the reasons behind why you face the challenges you do. I honestly believe that if we all mastered these 7 habits and focussed on God, the world would be a better place!

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