4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By far one of the best ever. A classic in every sense.,
This review is from: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Restoring the Character Ethic (Hardcover)
The first time I ever read this book, I couldn't put it down. The introduction alone was very good. It's hard to tell sometimes what makes a book so good especially a self-help book.
What makes this book stand out among a crowded field of self-help boks is that it's so much different, and isn't that nice for a change? This book is not about goal setting in the traditional sense or positive thinking. You won't find catchy phrases to say to yourself when you look in the mirror each morning. This book is about getting to the core of your soul. It's about who you are. I would compare this book to other self-help books the same as comparing losing weight through a change in lifestyle to simply dieting for a while. Too much of our society is bent on instant gratification. We scratch the surface of our health, for instance, by going on crash diets to look good on the outside, yet we haven't changed our core self. You can chant all the positive phrases you want, but it will only offer a temporary solution. Cheerleaders don't win football games; they just try to make you feel good.
Some people may be turned off by this book because it is not a "how to" book in the traditional sense. You are required to incorporate the 7 habits into your life in order to make it work. There are no shortcuts and no exercises to do. It's not easy at all. It requires a fundamental change in your outlook on life. I have difficulty rating what I like best about this book. I found the chapter on "Think Win Win" to be my favorite with "Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood" as a close second. Too many of us try to compete in life without seeing the big picture.
I'm giving this book 5 stars because I think it is a cut way above the rest of the self-help literature of the 20th century. It's not filled with silly platitudes and quotes you can put on your wall. It is deep, very deep and very thought provoking. If you want shortcuts and simple little exercises like most books give you, then don't waste your money on this book. If you want to take a good hard look at your life from the inside out, then this book is a real bargain.