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Publisher's Summary

Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new foreword and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant and answer some of the most common questions he has received over the past 15 years.

This audio edition is the first ever unabridged recording of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2004 Franlkin Covey (P)2004 FranklinCovey

What the critics say

" The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is by now one of the best-selling books of all time." ( Fortune)

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transformational

This book is incredibly useful. my advice would be that if it doesn't resonate, then pick it up again at a later date. it is simple, insightful, and applicable to every aspect of life.

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great book

Outstanding book for communication skill development and self acknowledgment training. I recommend this book to any one In a professional life style

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everyone should listen to this

must read book that changed my life for the better. only regret is not reading it sooner

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Understand what it means to have a paradigm shift

This book will change how you view and interact with people. It's time tested and you can't go wrong. #Audible1

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I'm sad it took so long to read this

I think because this book was older, I overlooked it as one that would be relevant to today. I was very wrong. This book, from start to finish, has very applicable life strategies that everyone can benefit from. I've been in business for over 10 years and I'm confident that if I had read this sooner, success would have came quicker.
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A book you will love!

Wonderful book filled with great information. A must read for anyone looking to improve all areas of your life. #Audible1

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Great overall tone and tempo

I thoroughly enjoyed my listen to this audio book, had quite a few listen to certain chapters while at work, at the gym and even when commuting. The tempo was perfect to listen while on the go. #Audible1

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A must read for someone who tried everything

Getting focused on important tasks can be hard. Especially when our own mind is designed to proect us from stess and other negative things we perceive. I found this book really helpful for me to help focus on important tasks in my business #Audible1

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Pragmatic coaching for success in any area of life

The most amazing book that teaches practical lessons by focusing on keeping a long-term vision and shunning quick-fix solutions. Although written long ago, it is highly relevant in today's complex world. I enjoyed this book on Audible during my commute to work. Thank you Audible for bringing the immense resource and knowledge to Canada. Congratulations for #Audible1 !!

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Not for commuters

Struggled to go past habbit 1. not fun for commuters. had a had time understanding and following. #Audible1

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 2017-04-23

I did not expect to like this book

I really did not expect to like this book. I generally find the self help genre weak and I expected this title to be one more christian based positive thinking book. There is a tiny bit of faith-based stuff in the afterward, but it strives to be any-god-will-do. Mostly it is detailed, ordered, steps to, over time, improve your effectiveness.

The Seven Habits (plus the new eighth one) are:
Be Pro-Active, Set Goals, Prioritize, Think Win-Win, Listen, Synergize, Maintain, & Inspire
This list seems a bit trite, but the author takes care to build each concept upon another. It is more realistic than most self-help books and does not promise a quick fix, or riches, or power, it instead suggests an effective pattern for somewhat steady improvement. This system goes beyond having a "open mindset" to having an "abundance mindset". This does not mean an abundance of stuff, but noticing that many situations are not zero-sum, and that win-win net-positive situations are often, if not almost always, possible.

Of course doing all the things the author suggests is non-trivial, but they are generally good suggestions for making progress once you are committed to change.

The writing and narration is quite clear, folksy, and pleasant, and far from the exuberance of some books in this genre. Some may find the folksiness a bit slow and boring, try speeding it up.

BTW - some reviews mention chapter ordering issues that seem to have been fixed.

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  • Scott
  • Garland, TX, United States
  • 2010-08-29

I don't understand these other reviews

Too religious? Irrational? Morality? What book are these people reading?

Does the author mention religion? Yes. He clearly states that he believes in God. That takes up approximately 2 sentences in the entire book (though he says a little more in the afterword). He also mentions that all enduring religions AS WELL AS all enduring philosophical systems agree on certain principles of human maturity and interaction, and those are the principles he bases the book on. But is The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg religious, or even spiritual? Because that's by far the primary principle in the book.

Now, I guess you could say some parts talk about morality, but not in the sense of "you must love your neighbor" or whatever. And yes, the part about being honest could be seen as morality, but considering the whole point is that honesty is a requirement for having people trust you, it strikes me that many of these negative reviews may be written by people who wanted a quick fix, a set of numerical steps on how to be successful.

But that is not what this book is about. The point of this book is that you will never be content in your life if you are looking for contentment OUTSIDE OF your life. It all has to come from within -- that is, your character, who you are. There's nothing moral about that. There's nothing religious about that. But there's also nothing easy about it. This book is work. Lifelong work. And a lot of people simply are not ready for the implications. The first time I read it I didn't realize how far away from the objective I was. But as I've grown and reread the book, I've discovered how deep it goes.

Of course, none of this is scientific. None of it is rational. That isn't the point. We aren't solving sudoku or splitting atoms. We are dealing with human emotions, and there's nothing rational about emotions. But there can be a solid approach to controlling our lives, and that's what this book is all about.

I just wish they'd hired a professional to read it.

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  • Scott
  • 2007-08-09

A true guide for life

This is one of my top ten books of all time for lifelong contemplation.

Key themes of Proactivity; Setting and following priorities; Re-scripting according to principles; Win-Win; Listening to understand others; Synergy; and Renewal are fundamental, timeless and universal.

Dr. Covey's approach is unequalled in breadth and depth, while being entirely accessible to any human being. Everything he writes complements everything I've learned in life, while laboring to uproot any weeds that have grown in my internal garden. Having Dr. Covey read the material to me personally... it's the icing on the cake!

I read "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" when it first appeared decades ago; read it a second time five years later; and now, thanks to Audible, I've begun a profound study and contemplation of the material, that would have otherwise been too tedious to handle, given my other time commitments, as well as the fact that, since my work is about 90% in front of the computer, my eyes tire quickly before printed material in my non-work time.

I organize my listening in two ways: listening in the logical, step by step, chapter by chapter method on the one hand, imagining myself attending a 7 Habits seminar or class; and listening for hours at a time as I lie down to rest/relax/sleep on the other. The result is I end up hearing the material over and over, provoking thoughts and contemplations about where I am in life, where I want to go, and what I need to do to get there. I expect the process to last about six months. My goal from the reading: A complete paradigm re-adjustment for life.

This book has my highest recommendation for any person anywhere.

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  • Austin
  • Sydney, ON, Canada
  • 2004-12-19

Change your Life

If you really want to change your life for the better, read this book. I would suggest not listening to this in the car, but in the quiet of your home and make notes as you do. You will truly change the way you go through life and the way you understand other people.

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  • Anita
  • Elkins Park, PA, USA
  • 2004-11-29

Excellent Insights

This book provides excellent insights into dealing with others through
introspection. It touches on Victor Frankel and others who provide examples of how to turn adversity into assets. This book is not a traditional self help book, but a companion to guide the listener into ones self.

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  • Matthew
  • mantachie, MS, USA
  • 2009-03-13

The Best Book I've ever read!

This book is Amazing, if your real with yourself and listen to what he is saying it will have an impact on you, for life, for the good. It has changed my life as well as my thinking of it. I'm 23 and I thank God I heard this before I got old and set in my thinking. I would honestly have to say this has to be one of the best books I've ever read!! I wouldn't trade anything for it! Thanks

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Thomas
  • Sandy, UT, USA
  • 2005-04-07

Great Principles!

I love this book. Steven Covey does a great job at identifying what is important in life and also does a wonderful job at showing the reader how to aply the habits to thier own life. Great book! A must Read!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Timothy
  • Morehead City, NC, USA
  • 2009-09-29

Great principles for life

These are great principles to learn for life, but it could be delivered in a different more direct method that will not take 14 hours

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  • J. Bevan
  • Heber City, UT USA
  • 2005-01-22

The real deal...

Sadly this book is contrarian to a lot of what goes on in our society. Thus I constantly have to "try" to practice these principles. But the trying is worth it. I have used this book as a standard for turning around the cultures of two manufacturing plants after I was hired from the outside. Those turn-arounds were only accomplished because the principles in this book work and because, if patiently applied, they give a management team a common vocabularly for they way they treat each other and their associates. My only function was to act as catalyst and insist that these principles be practiced. After a couple of years, in both cases the stress levels were way down, the morale was way up, and the performance was beyond anything known before and certainly beyond expectation. In my current assisgnment we're saving over $3M per year (450 people) and the roots of that accomplishment are in this book. It's a book to listen to, to absorb, and to go back to over and over again. An annual tuneup by listening to this program, is typical of those who REALLY try to adopt the 7 Habits (and model them). It's tough to be a perfect practitioner. One can only read and try...

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  • Russell B. Ivey
  • 2005-06-27

Great book bad audio

The material in the book is great and I highly recommend it. This audio version, however, is very difficult to listen to because the author speaks so slowly and pauses so often. I had the feeling that I could have listened to the unabridged version in half the time if read by another narrator. I found myself zoning while listening to the book, rewinding it so I could listen to it again, and by the time I got to the part I had missed, I was zoning again.

My 3 star rating is based on the audio itself, not the content. I highly recommend the book itself, and I may even buy the abridged version so I can refresh myself on the material.

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  • Mr. O. J. Bunni
  • 2016-09-30

amazing

great must must read
amazing and so in lightning. nice new perspective. looking forward implementing them.

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  • Mathieu CERALINE
  • 2018-08-27

Must Read

If you seek to have true mastery over yourself and reach to productivity then you don’t really have a choice, this book is so must read. So deep and interesting in the original content, the audio version is absolutely astoundingly done.