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2.99996913580247 out of 52.99996913580247 out of 52.99996913580247 out of 52.99996913580247 out of 52.99996913580247 out of 5 3.00 (97,200 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen R. Covey Narrator: Stephen R. Covey Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The 7 Habits Series Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781442350816
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Stephen Covey's 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People' has sold over 25 million copies in print while The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People audiobook has sold over 15 million copies. It was the first non-fiction audiobook to sell over a million copies. Covey believes that values are internal to an individual whereas principles are external and he has written a book about matching your intrinsic values to basic principles that have always been the same e.g., the principles of honesty, integrity, empathy, kindness etc. These are all values that we grew up learning but they may have shifted within us with the coming of adulthood. However, by following the 7 Habits, we can gain them back and discover our "true north."

Covey's idea is that there is enough for everyone in this world. So there's really no point in being competitive and trying to cut the other person out. One can have a win-win situation where both parties benefit. This is what Covey calls the concept of abundance. If you keep in mind that there's enough for everyone, you won't constantly worry about things that you can't control. Instead you'll try to change the things that you can control, which will give you a feeling of satisfaction and get you closer to your ultimate aim in life.

Covey's first habit is to be proactive, which means not placing the blame for what's wrong with your life on others or on factors that are outside of yourself. If your life isn't what you want it to be then that's because you haven't done what's necessary to make it so. This can be an empowering way to think because it means that it's within your power to effect change. Habit 2 is to keep the end in mind or to take the long-term outlook. Habit 3 is prioritizing and doing what you consider more important in your life. This might seem easy but often, life gets in the way of doing what you really want.

The next three habits are about your relationships with other people, thinking with the abundance mentality and therefore developing empathy for others and working with them cooperatively. The last habit involves taking care of yourself; your physical, mental and spiritual health is important and if you don't treat yourself well, you can't expect to perform effectively or to have good relationships with others.

Stephen Covey was born and raised in Utah. He went to school at the University of Utah and then did an MBA at Harvard, followed by a Doctor of Religious Education at Brigham Young University. The father of nine and the grandfather of 52, he was awarded the Fatherhood Award by the National Fatherhood Initiative in 2003. He died in 2012 due to complications resulting from a fall from his bicycle nearly a year earlier. He has also written The 8th Habit, a book about aspiring to greatness by finding your voice and helping others find theirs.

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In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity—principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

Recognized as one of the most influential books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People ignores trends and pop psychology and offers proven principles. Targeted toward anyone who is interested in personal change, it guides you through private victory, public victory, and renewal.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The 7 Habits have the gift of being simple without being simplistic.”

    M. Scott Peck, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This isn’t a quick-tips-start-tomorrow kind of book. The concepts are sometimes intricate, and you’ll want to study this book, not skim it. When you finish, you’ll probably have Post-it notes or hand-written annotations in every chapter, and you’ll feel like you’ve taken a powerful seminar by Covey.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Stephen Covey’s groundbreaking book remains as fresh, helpful, and important as when it was first published. Such longevity is a testament to the quality of the insights that Covey offers: Eschewing easy fixes and simple-minded formulas, his writings offers a comprehensive and highly detailed program for invigorating your career as well as other aspects of life…If you’re willing to do the work, you’ll reap the enormous benefits that many other readers have discovered and put into action.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “When Stephen Covey talks, executives listen.”

    Dun’s Business Month

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 2/19/2014

    " I had to read three books prior to my performance review. This was the 3rd and longest that I chose. I liked the book and thought it had many many good ideas in it. It is certainly a make sense type of book. I highly recommend it for business. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Jackson | 2/14/2014

    " I read this book while I was in college. I wrote all of the habits down on an index card, and applied them to my daily life. The information is extremely helpful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Walt Murray | 2/12/2014

    " Being ADD this book was extremely helpful. I did not like to hear some of the things the he had to say, but they were needed and appreciated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 2/7/2014

    " This was for a class so I was not expecting much. Pleasantly surprised that it wasnt all drivel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory Williams | 1/31/2014

    " A little long in the tooth as the author seems to explain certain simple concepts to death but I still found 75% of the book very insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack Stephens | 1/27/2014

    " It's a global bestseller for a reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gaurav Vimal | 12/29/2013

    " nyc book realy teach u something.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ahmed Korayem | 12/19/2013

    " I'll try to use covey's words when saying that the book is an exciting guidance to a better effective self from inside out. Once read, one should live these habits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Duane | 12/18/2013

    " I generally agreed with all of the points, but it wasn't very convincing with all of the charts. Really liked the explanation of our personal paradigms with the silhouette exercise. Few interesting anecdotes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 12/16/2013

    " Anyone that would be highly effective in life should read this book at least once. I have now read it three times and will probably read it again in a couple of years. It is a clean read that will help you thing about what it takes to make yourself effective in all areas of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Avel | 12/13/2013

    " I recall first reading this book in my high school health class. We read it as a whole class. The most memorable moment from this book was Win-Win situations. I believe that Mr. Covey has positively impacted all of humanity through his good works. Definitely one of my favorites. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray Martin | 12/8/2013

    " Classic book on how how to categorize task to be successful. I read this book many years ago but what I remember the most and try to apply is to focus more on the important tasks that will get neglected with the day to day work "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Whiting | 11/28/2013

    " Although many people discount this book for being based on pedestrian examples, I found the core meaning quite good. If you ignore the out of date metaphors and relationships represented in the book, I think a lot can be understood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey Richardson | 10/30/2013

    " The first time I read it, I did not see how I could apply it to my life and my work. By the second time I read it, I had "gotten" it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 3/7/2013

    " Great info. Very dry read tho. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan | 1/4/2013

    " I couldn't finish this book. Not my cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte Hawkins | 12/22/2012

    " Anyone working in public should read this book. Not all who read it will get it, but try anyway. Our relationships with others (home or work) would be better if we adopted Steven Covey's principles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darshana | 4/15/2012

    " its a nice book but having read robin sharma's "the monk who sold his ferrari" i didnt find this book very effective. still it is a good book. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 3/9/2012

    " I am completely aware of how corny this sounds, but I found this book to be really powerful. It could be life changing if you let it. I'm really starting to examine what is important to me, how I spend my time, and how I interact with other people. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 MaidenGenevive | 12/23/2011

    " Pro tip - by not reading this book, you are using your time more effectively. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margit | 6/17/2011

    " I was put off by how much religion was referenced in the book. However, I think the habits are probably useful tools/helpful guidelines to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bogdan | 5/19/2011

    " Cautions! Book makes you never feel the same! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 5/15/2011

    " One of the best books that focuses on effective habits. We can all learn and improve. Makes one understand the different aspects of personal and group effectiveness. Should be considered for reading list for most. Recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kooler | 5/13/2011

    " Nice book, everybody should read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobby | 5/1/2011

    " very interesting, very thought provoking. encouraged me to really examine certain aspects of my life, certain behaviors and evaluate them. a worthwhile read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 4/30/2011

    " If you never listened to the lessons your Granma taught you, reading this book won't convince you to start now. However if you need a reminder lesson on how to be a good person, this book might be for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 4/29/2011

    " I love, love, love, this book. It is phenomenal in helping us be effective. It is great for prioritizing and understanding others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus | 4/28/2011

    " The most transformational, revolutionary book, ever written-GET A COPY!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadette | 4/27/2011

    " Great Read...... It really can change your life, work life change dramatically... i mean i had to look into they way i see people and they respond to me differently. A Must read for anyone at any age. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen R. CoveyStephen R. Covey, an internationally respected leadership expert, is the author of several acclaimed books, including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This New York Times No 1 international bestseller has also been on the bestseller lists of BusinessWeek, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly for over five years. More than 12 million copies of tis powerful book have been sold in 33 languages throughout the world. Dr. Covey is also co-founder and vice chairman of Franklin Covey Co., a premier leadership and professional services firm taht helps individuals and organizations measurably improve their effectiveness in time management, leadership, communication, and sales.