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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change Paperback – Special Edition, November 19, 2013
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Anyone who thinks the audiocassette adaptation of Stephen Covey's bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, is a shortcut to reading the book has another thing coming. As a preview, the cassette is worth every one of its 90 minutes; as a substitute for the original, it will only leave you wishing for the rest. There's a reason 7 Habits has sold more than 5 million copies and been translated into 32 languages. Serious work has obviously gone into it, and serious change can likely come out of it--but only with constant discipline and steadfast commitment. As the densely packed tape makes immediately clear, this is no quick fix for what's ailing us in our personal and professional lives.
The tape opens to the silky-smooth, overtrained voice of the female narrator, who's responsible for tying together audio clips from actual Covey seminars. Leaving aside the occasional attempts at promoting Covey and his institute, her script does a first-rate job of making sense of Covey's own intense, analogy-rich style of explaining his habits. There's nothing simple about his approach to becoming an effective person. The first three habits alone--which have to do with personal responsibility, leadership, and self-management--could take years to master. Yet the last four are unattainable, the narrator insists, if you can't acquire the personal security--the "inner core," says Covey--that presumably comes from a mastery of the foundation.
Throughout our lessons, Covey's presence is both learned and thoroughly appealing. He drops references to the likes of Socrates, T.S. Eliot, and Robert Frost with the aplomb of an English professor. And his knack for mixing everyday stories with abstract concepts manages to clarify difficult issues while respecting our intelligence. You could argue that the cassette is nothing more than a clever marketing tool for selling another few million copies of the book. But, even at that, it's worth the investment in time and concentration: in the end, we're moved to learn more about integrating all seven habits in our struggle to become better and, yes, more effective people. (Running time: 1.5 hours, one cassette) --Ann Senechal
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There is a lot of practical stuff in here, too. Challenges for you. Ways you can start to shift your thinking by taking an emotional inventory of your life and what you're doing/feeling every day. Just writing about it makes me want to go back and read it again. If you're here looking for a book that will help you harness that little spark inside of you that's saying, "You can be better" then this book is it. You're not an animal. Life doesn't condition you like a dog. This book is about the untouchable part of your human spirit that no one besides you controls. This book is about carrying sunny weather with you where ever you go, learning how much a proactive attitude benefits you, and really how sad and wasteful it is to walk through life allowing things to ruin your day. Things don't ruin your day. YOU ruin your day. You are always in control.
Seriously, read this book. You won't regret it.
I'll definitely consciously incorporate these habits into my life.
He states that to become highly effective one must follow his seven habits. The seven habits are as follows: Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win/Win, Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood, Synergize, and Sharpen the Saw.
Covey covers these habits hard explaining the undeniable truths one needs to achieve effectiveness in their lives. For me, the habits I related to the most after reading are Think Win/Win, Synergize and Sharpen the Saw. For Think Win/Win, Covey describes the six paradigms of Human Interaction. The idea is that someone who has a win/win attitude has a frame of mind that constantly "seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions". Relatively speaking the concept of win/win means that no matter what happens its better for both sides of the situation. Covey explains this as well as covering the other paradigms and explaining why win/win is the obvious way to interact.
Synergy connects with the motive of win/win relating it to the four human endowments. Covey relates synergy in the classroom which I felt to be beneficial to read being that I am a senior in college and a special education major. He explains that "Synergy tests whether teachers and students are really open to the principle of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts".
Finally, sharpening the saw is the last habit that really hit home for me. I have an issue with allowing to do anything for myself. In reality, after reading this habit I realize that no matter what for me to succeed I must first take care of myself before I can take care of anyone else. Covey explains how we sharpen the saw spiritually, mentally, physically, socially and emotionally. He discusses how one must be okay with all of these components of their life to be not only synergized but to be great leader.
The only component of the book that I was somewhat bored with was Covey's constant stories. I realize that they were to make connections to his habits. I do feel that I was bored because some of the stories are not yet relate able to my life being that I am the ripe age of 21. I do feel if I were to read this again in ten years I would be able to understand and relate to these stories and the book in different yet positive ways. I highly recommend this book for anyone that needs to not only reevaluate their life but to also have clear understanding of how one should achieve in life.