Was this book effective?
If we’re honest here, I thought, at first I learnt something. However, I stopped reading this after one or two chapters. So, I forgot everything. Then I resumed reading again and found the book lacking (which my next book that I review isn’t).
I’m a bad listener. I know – a totally wrong profession to be in if I want to be a writer or potentially manager in my current job. This book opened my eyes up to a slightly different way of thinking. I have to admit I found myself trying to listen more to my wife. Trying to hear the problem before coming up with solutions. So, this book taught me one thing. But that’s where the good ends.
Eh, I don’t really like bad-mouthing books because I think all authors are fantastic for what they have accomplished and I’m blessed to be in a time where there is an abundance of books and knowledge around.
However, Stephen Covey has a long-winded way of describing the habits. They’re also not described in a manner that felt like it connected with me. I felt that the book at times felt “spiritual” and maybe that’s why I have resistance to such ideas.
Don’t get me wrong; I did find several points useful. But a lot of what he talked about (I think) is bullshit. I know a lot of people will disagree with me and that’s okay. I’m not here to have a war or say the book is crap – I’m just saying that some of the ideas didn’t connect wth me.
If you have some self-doubt or just generally want to improve yourself and how you communicate with other people, the later habits in the book are quite useful. However, if you already believe in yourself and can apply yourself to what you want, the earlier habits in the book might not be so useful or connect with you. Therefore, I recommend this book with the caveats above. But, there are better books (I believe).
November 9, 2004
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, service, 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.