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First Things First Every Day: Daily Reflections- Because Where You're Headed Is More Important Than How Fast You Get There Paperback – June 3, 1997


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John Gray, Ph.D author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus Building loving and fulfilling relationships requires spending time with those you value and care for. Covey and the Merrills encourage us to stop, think, and begin building. -- Review

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Recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey has dedicated his life to demonstrating how every person can truly control their destiny with profound, yet straightforward guidance. As an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author, his advice has given insight to millions. He has sold over 20 million books sold (in 38 languages), and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century. His most recent major book, The 8th Habit , has sold nearly 400,000 copies. He holds an MBA from Harvard, and doctorate degree from Brigham Young University. He is the co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm with offices in 123 countries. He lives with his wife and family in Utah.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (June 3, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684842408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684842400
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 0.9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen R. Covey is a renowned leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and co-founder of FranklinCovey Co. He is author of several international bestsellers, including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which has sold over 20 million copies. He was named one of TIME Magazine's 25 Most Influential Americans. Dr. Covey holds the Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair in Leadership at the Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
Stephen R Covey is more than an inspirational writer. Covey empowers the reader with techniques to improve lifestyle habits. His wisdom allows the reader to regain control of his life. Instead of being a slave to everyone else's priorities, you become faithful to your own aspirations and priorities. This book has given me the courage to examine my life to ensure that I am on the path of life that I want to be on instead of the path that my life dictates. Anyone who struggles with not having enough time for the things that really matter should read this book. It will give you the gift of discovering where the time for those "First things" are.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By DAVID-LEONARD WILLIS on January 29, 2004
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Our lives are busy and full of change. Keeping our priorities in order while maintaining focus and vision is a constant challenge. We live in a society that loves short cut techniques where there is no short cut, only a path based on principles revealed throughout history. A meaningful life is not a matter of speed and efficiency but what you do and why you do it - and we need to be reminded of this everyday. The best way is to take a few minutes of quiet time before the daily rush. Our hearts and minds need nourishment and this is the purpose of this book - to provide daily nourishment through the daily reading of wisdom literature that can have a profound effect on the quality of our daily decisions by keeping us focused on what is important and preventing us being swept away by urgency. Covey believes these little daily thoughts will help us do three things - to reconnect with our big ideas and the insights that accompanied learning them; to encourage us to take a little breathing space between events and our response - a space that reconnects us to our inner compass; and to garnish our wisdom literature habit. We need to be constantly reminded of the principles that have been part of the wisdom of every successful individual and civilization. These are some of the readings that made an impression on me:
January 4: Be governed by your internal compass, not by some clock on the wall.
January 5: If the thing you are committed to is principle-centered, you become principle-centered and you walk your talk.
January 11: While you can be efficient with things you cannot be efficient - effectively - with people.
January 14: We need to move beyond time management to life leadership.
January 23: Meaning is in contribution, in striving for something higher than self.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 1999
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I loved "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People". But I'm returning this book. Just a collection of phrases for each day. Not what I was looking for.
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This won’t be a very lengthy review because, quite frankly, I did not discover a great deal in this book.

Don’t get me wrong, I think Stephen Covey has written some popular and powerful books, and I like the idea of having daily, empowering thoughts, but many of the thoughts in this book seem fragmented and incomplete. Perhaps the intention was to provide a simple sentence and have the reader refer to “First Things First” while reading the daily thought (each thought is accompanied by a page number from “First Things First”); however, I think it defeats the purpose of having a pocket-sized inspirational book if you have to schlep the bigger book at the same time.

On a positive note, I do appreciate some of the wisdom contained in this book, including:
1) “Frustration is largely a degree of expectation.”
2) “If we know how to listen to our own heart, we can listen to the hearts of others.”
3) “There is so much we can do to render service, to make a difference in the world—no matter how big or small our Circle of Influence.”

If you are familiar with “First Things First” and you want to supplement that information with this book, it might be worthwhile. For those readers who are not familiar with the full-sized book from which these daily thoughts are derived, I think you will find this book lacking in substance.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Israel on May 2, 2006
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If you think you'd find a lot of unrelated platitudes interesting, then you'll enjoy this book.
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