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Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life by Stephen R. Covey and David K. Hatch is one of those books meant to be read in small doses so that the concepts can sink in. You may not find all the sections as applicable as others, but no one is together enough to not benefit from *some* part of it...

Searching for Meaning: Contribution; Charity; Attention
Taking Charge: Responsibility; Courage; Discipline
Starting Within: Integrity; Humility; Gratitude
Creating the Dream: Vision; Innovation; Quality
Teaming with Others: Respect; Empathy; Unity
Overcoming Adversity: Adaptability; Magnanimity; Perseverance
Blending the Pieces: Balance; Simplicity; Renewal
Afterword; Acknowledgments; Notes

Even though the book has Covey's name on it, the material isn't written by him. The bulk of the material consists of compiled stories and quotes from existing sources and historical figures. Covey adds commentary to each section and chapter in order to tie them all together into a cohesive theme. Each chapter has around three stories that illustrate the particular trait being covered. There is then a Wrap Up and Reflections section that summarizes the stories and theme, as well as questions to ask yourself in order to more deeply examine how that trait would manifest in your life. Finally, the chapter concludes with a number of quotes that stick with the theme but show slightly different facets of it. All in all, there's a lot of inspiration to be had here...

For as good as this book is, I didn't find myself putting it at the top of my priority list to read. I've had it checked out from the library for quite awhile, but there always seemed to be another book that I'd pick up over this one, rather than come back to Everyday Greatness. I'm still not quite sure why I felt that way, but it is what it is. Regardless, I did find a number of valuable insights, and if I owned the book I'd likely revisit it a number of times.
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on January 9, 2007
I have enjoyed this book very much. It has a number of wonderful stories that motivate and inspire. Covey adds his insightful commentary which is thought provoking and appropriate. The buyer should understand that this is a compilation of Readers Digest stories and NOT a Covey book per se.
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on July 5, 2007
FOR A MEANINGFUL LIFE by Steven R. Covey; compiled by Donald K. Hatch is not a "typical" Covey book along the lines of his classic THE SEVEN HABITSOF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE.

Rather, it is a collection of short pieces that originally appeared
in READER'S DIGEST that Covey effectively brings together
with running commentary. . . the "Reflections" section after
each chapter made me do just that; i.e., think about what
life is all about . . . I found the overall effect to be quite powerful.

I also liked the "Further Insights" that provided quotes on the
topic being discussed . . . among the ones that caused me to
pause were these:

* What do we live for if not to make the world less
difficult for each other?---George Eliot;

* It is more noble to give yourself completely to one
individual than to labor diligently for the salvation
of the masses.--Dag Hammarskjold; and

* Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human
face.--Victor Hugo.

EVERYDAY GREATNESS is the type book that
you'll often want to revisit . . . it would make a great
gift for just about anybody . . . furthermore, it can also
be a source for short read-aloud stories that can
be appreciated by all ages--such as this one [from
John Louis Feliciello]:

* As a boy I often tackled a task full of enthusiasm, only to become
discouraged quickly. One bright summer day my father showed me
an experiment with a magnifying glass and a newspaper. When he
moved the glass over the paper from one place to another, nothing
happened. But when he held it motionless in one spot for a while,
focusing the sun's rays, a hole appeared.

I was fascinated, but didn't grasp the significance of the procedure.
Father explained that the same principle applied in everything we do:
That to make a success of our lives we must learn to concentrate all
our efforts on the undertaking in hand until it is finished.
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on March 10, 2015
Mark F. LaMoure, Boise, ID

Full of excellent ideas for becoming a great person, the book: "Everyday Greatness," by Stephan Covey is an important one to read. Since most of us are looking to lead a meaningful life, why not seek to be a great individual everyday? Learn how to make your life more important and significant, by reading this dynamic, powerful book on greatness. With 7 Chapters and 435 pages, the book is chalk full of excellent ways to practice everyday greatness. Self-improvement is the way to greatness. You will find many outstanding men and women to use as great examples in Covey's book. Looking over the Table of Contents, you see the book's chapters reflecting humanity's most important human values over the millennia. Filled with distinguished ideas, "Everyday Greatness" is a golden source of magnificent human values to learn and internalize. Definitely look into buying this book for your library to read and for reference for years to come. My quality rating for this book: High Diamond Quality. It is worth at least 5 Gold Stars.
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on January 22, 2007
Years ago I took the Dale Carnegie course on public speaking and human relations, it changed my life. As a pupil we would read, "How to Win Friends and Influence People" & "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living". Both books taught valuable lessons which we would study and give a two minute talk in front of the class. After each speech the instructor would provide feedback on what the student said and how they applied the principles. It was a great forum for personal development and this book follows that format. It seemed that these two great teachers have developed a similar comprehension and approach to their discipline of human achievement.

The book is comprised of similar stories like the talks we gave, but to tell the truth at first I found some of them silly and poorly written. Many of the lessons I didn't understand and even some I disagreed with however most I found deeply thoughtful. I would pause over the "Reflections" portions after each chapter and considered the comments; this was very enlightening experience for me. There is also a "Further Insights" section which provides quotes on the topics which were also very elucidating. All of this returned me to the sagacious enrichment of that Dale Carnegie class. It is said that once a mind is open, it never returns to it original size, books like this add and hasten that expansion.
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on January 11, 2007
As a life long reader of Reader's Digest magazine, Condensed books and RD Select Books, I appreciate real life stories as well as good fiction. Stephen Covey has a way of striking to the core of life. With this combination, the reader is able to enjoy the experiences of others and then apply that to making their own life richer.
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on September 22, 2013
The author, S. R. Covey chooses various authors who share his hopefulness about life and how each person is responsible for making the best of the time on earth. This paperback is a helpful "pick me up" when that's what is needed to change one's mood about situations that are difficult. A. M. Seidler
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on January 5, 2007
Written by the author of the bestselling "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life is a guide to mentally transforming one's life through creating one's own dream, focusing on a purpose, and teaming with others as needed to make the vision a reality. Numerous insights, quips, and proverbs from famous people pepper Everyday Greatness, adding extra punch to its points on the virtues of humility, dedication, empathy, adaptability, and more. The core text draws upon the author's lifelong wisdom, alternating between overviews of positive traits to cultivate in oneself and vignettes written by others that lend a palpable dimension to life lessons. A highly recommended repository of insight and drive, that flavors its wisdom with subtle humor. "Originality is unexplored territory. You get there by carrying a canoe - you can't take a taxi." - Alan Alda
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on June 13, 2011
My Take on Everyday Greatness - Inspiration for a Meaningful Life; a Readers Digest book, compiled by David K. Hatch with insights and commentary by Stephen R. Covey, published by Rutledge Hill Press

Only after reading the book, did I see how the Title nails it! Upon picking out the book I wasn't aware of the format. The title grabbed me because I like Covey's stuff and I wanted his take on a "meaningful life".

The words `Reader's Digest' should have given it away. Everyday Greatness is a compilation of a many authors on a wide variety of topics all dealing with personal character. Though it wasn't what I expected, I grew to appreciate the inspiring short stories in true RD form.

As an avid Twitter-user, I especially enjoyed the "Further Insights" at the end of each section. After reading two or three short stories on a topic, like Integrity, there follows two to four pages of very short, almost one-liners (they could be tweets!) that come from a wide variety of mostly well known authors, actors, proverbs and presidents and your general `larger than life' kind of people.

Covey's part was clearly the weakest. Oftentimes he gives a paragraph or two after the stories and before the Insights. The compilation of stories and Insights was enough.

Now it becomes a reference in my library. I won't be giving the book away and I'm sure I'll refer to it often in preparing my sermons.

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on November 21, 2006
Exceeds expectations. Reaches well beyond The Book of Virtues or Chicken

Soup series. It's inspiring, it's simple, it's entertaining. I purchased 8 copies. Homerun!
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