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New York Times best seller - over 40 million copies sold

The Number One Most Influential Business Book of the 20th Century 

One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated people for nearly three decades. It has transformed the lives of presidents and CEOs, educators, and parents - millions of people of all ages and occupations. Now, this 30th anniversary edition of the timeless classic commemorates the wisdom of the seven habits with modern additions from Sean Covey. 

The seven habits have become famous and are integrated into everyday thinking by millions and millions of people. Why? Because they work! 

With Sean Covey’s added takeaways on how the habits can be used in our modern age, the wisdom of the seven habits will be refreshed for a new generation of leaders. 

They include:

  • Habit one: Be proactive
  • Habit two: Begin with the end in mind
  • Habit three: Put first things first
  • Habit four: Think win/win
  • Habit five: Seek first to understand, then to be understood
  • Habit six: Synergize
  • Habit seven: Sharpen the saw 

This beloved classic presents a principle-centered approach for solving both personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and practical anecdotes, Stephen R. 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.

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

©2016 Stephen R. Covey (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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If you are looking for high functionality, purpose in life or just love intellectual material this book gives you all and then some. I am glad that I now know why I do certain things.

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  • 05-08-20

Easily my top non-fictional read of all time!

Amazing how the principles in Stephen Covey’s applies in 2020. This are timeless teachings. I finished listening with a new mindset to my life, essentially a changed person.
The narration by the father and Son ( a wonderful addition) makes this audio book a more valuable purchase

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Get the one without his son in it

The original text of this book is great but stick with the original as this version has a lot of interruptions from the author's son on how he couldn't manage his kids. It really takes the shine off it. To be entirely fair, it might get better but I bailed out after a couple of chapters and downloaded the original instead

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A must read book

Content rich book. There are several examples and real world applications in this book. This is the 1st book everyone should read. Two things I am going to take from this book is focusing on my circle of influence and increasing my production capabilities (pc)

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an excellent guide to a more fulfilled happier me

listening to this audiobook and reading the paperback got me thinking and sensing more. Stephen and Sean Covey have great narrating voices to listen to - a calm clear delivery of their wisdom and credible anecdotes.

I shall dip in again for years to come to refresh their tutorials.

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  • 01-12-20

Has to be a book to read every 90 Days

Brilliant book, one that I am going to read every 90 days... Need I say more!

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loved it

The book gave so many "aha- moments". loved the story telleing bits a lot.

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Great common sense !! Highly Recommend👏🏾

Great book, that is full of clear and honest points. I already exercise a lot of what is said but not regularly. which is what I need to do.
I will listen to this every six months so I am the embodiment of the 7 habits.

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Useless to those who are ego driven.

My ex raved on about this book. If are not ruled by ego then this a good book to reaffirm your integrity and honesty about who you are. These kinds of books are often skim read by men like my ex who doesn't actually put the actions of this book into practice. Thought provoking but as this book is only reaffirms my upbringing there wasn't anything new to learn from it for me.

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OUTSTANDING - THE BEST SELF-DEVELOPMENT BOOK OF THE LAST 30 YEARS

I’ve read over 200 self-development books, and this is the best one of them all.

Timeless lessons on character, perspectives, life principles, and taking responsibility for our actions, our outcomes, and ultimately our lives.

Covey is a master of language, and uses personal and professional examples which we can all relate to throughout the book. This book should be re-read and studied annually - these are life long lessons which span generations. 👊🏽

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  • Tim Torres
  • 16-06-20

Even Better!

The original text by Dr. Covey is preserved, however, after each section, Sean, one of his sons, shares real world and up close and personal examples that bring the reader deeper and more intimately into the content and it's real life application.

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  • Samuel
  • 21-08-20

‘03 Audio

I purchased this under the impression that it’s an updated audio version (as the other one is 17 years old). Regrettably, this is not the case — it is just a ‘copy and paste’ from the 2003 audio, with additional add-ins by his son. You’re going to have to suffer the terrible audio quality or buy the kindle version. :/

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  • Liam Kyle Cahill
  • 22-12-20

Fantastic but...

The material itself was fantastic, but the audio engineer needs to be slapped. A book this popular should have undergone some QC where Stephen Covey’s vocals should have had a “de-esser” on them as his “S” sounds were often over the top and distracting to me. And Sean Covey’s overall volume needed to be brought way up to match his dad’s original recording. I realize these are relatively nit picky, but I’d imagine the people who recorded them were professionals and should definitely have known better!

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  • Ninja Tune enthusiast
  • 26-12-20

I do not recommend this version

I have read this book numerous times in the past and was excited to hear the new bonus content. Unfortunately, Sean Covey does not deliver anything new or illuminating. His reading is tedious and his tone is almost smug as if he is the heir to an intellectual kingdom and should automatically be recognized as the new king of the Covey legacy. Well, sorry, but he is a copy of a copy, at best. I recommend the 7 Habits, just not this version.

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  • Jason A.
  • 01-11-20

If you listen once, the benefit is in multiples

Listen to Steven over and over. Be captivated by the habits. Listen to his son be impacted by his father and then by the habits' deep impact into your soul.

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  • Theresa N Bellflower
  • 26-01-21

Common sense information that isn’t applied anymore

These 7 habits that Stephan Covey present to the reader are good, but some managers even after taking the class or reading the book doesn’t know how to apply these skills.

I like that he uses examples of how and when to use the skills. For example if you have a subordinate that tells you that they just found out that have cancer, you don’t repeat what they said to them. However if you have a subordinate that is having problems meeting deadlines, then you will practice active listening to get to the heart of the problem.

Giving the nature of the climate now, some people need these tools more than others.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-21

Boring

Dull... takes forever to get to the point. Stories are very convoluted. Good information if you get through the muck.

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  • Doc
  • 10-09-21

A favorite!!

The original edition of the book was excellent. This new 30th anniversary edition is even more tremendous. The son, Sean Covey, gives great updates and additions to the book at the end of each chapter. Stephen Covey reads this book as if he is giving an interesting lecture and adds to the text with some additional insights.
I almost gave this book less than 5 stars after a call to their home organization and perceived the person on the other end of the phone would have performed better if they would have incorporated the teaching of the book into their own manner.
The book is excellent.
One funny observation - The son, Sean Covey, will remark how consistent his dad was in living the 7 habits, then tell stories how his mother did not necessarily follow the same path. It wasn't really a criticism of the mother, but more of Sean appreciating her inconsistency with the habits to give out sympathy.

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  • Stephanie
  • 28-07-20

A great overall read for life!

I love this book! It will continue to help me center my life with purpose and intent, at work and within my home.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-07-20

Inspirational and worth to re-read again from time to time

Down to earth, practical advices given in the book. It is unexpectedly inspiring and gives myself a lot of reflections. Shall recommend to friends!

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