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Posted November 17, 2009
A long winded treasure trove
Everyday Greatness by Stephen Covey is like Chicken Soup for the Soul on steriods. It's not a book to be read in one sitting, but rather a resource book of stories and quotes that would suit someone who speaks regularly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The book is built around three choices that Covey regards as being a daily priority:
1. The Choice to Act - your energy
2. The Choice of Purpose - your destination
3. The Choice for Principles - the means for attaining your goals
The material is sourced from a wide variety of contributors both historical and contemporary, and Covey provides commentary and application. Each chapter ends with a wrap up and reflection to assist you in allowing at least some of what you have read to sink in.
It's certainly not groundbreaking stuff, but the sheer length of the book and the countless stories and analogies ensure that there is at least something you can find in it that will have some significance either for personal application or as material to be used in your own communication. This is the longest I've taken to review a book simply because I would find it impossible to take in one go because of the sheer volume of material and quotes. What I may find inspirational in this book and what others may can differ wildly due to the sheer number and the wide variety of contributors ranging from ancient Chinese proverbs, to Victor Hugo and even to Marie Osmond of all people.
This is not a book that I will retain any memory of and so if I am to take anything out of it I will need to use adhesive flags or some other way of highlighting the pearls.
This is not a book that I will retain any memory of and so if I am to take anything out of it I will need to use adhesive flags or some other way of highlighting the pearls. In choosing to include so much material Covey has produced a book that negates its own effect. A bit like a speaker whose got way too much material, this book goes on way too long and becomes frustrating. Less would have been more with this book.
Posted March 8, 2011
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