Rather than focusing on time and things, First Things First emphasizes relationships and results. And instead of efficiency, this new approach emphasizes effectiveness. It tells us why we feel a gap between how we spend our time and what's deeply important to us; how focusing on efficiency and control increases the gap instead of closing it; how to determine if what you're doing is really important, or only urgent; how to overcome the tremendous gravity of habit; how to put people ahead of schedules; and how to lead your life, not just manage your time.
Offering a principle-centered approach and the wisdom and insight that made The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People a #1 best-seller, First Things First empowers listeners to define what is truly important; to accomplish worthwhile goals; and to lead rich, rewarding, and balanced lives.
©1997 Stephen R. Covey; (P)1997 Covey Leadership Center, Inc.
"I can't think of anyone who wouldn't be helped by reading it." (Larry King)
Best philosophical and practical self management book on the planet. This audio version a bit short but still valuable.
Yes definitely. This should mandatory reading/listening for everyone caught up on the daily hamster wheel of life, running at a hundred miles an hour and forgetting what life is really all about.
The relaxing tone of the author/narrator and his ability to make one think very quickly of the things that give meaning to our personal journey of life.
All are highly enjoyable. It is best to be somewhat relaxed when listening otherwise the speed of delivery may be frustrating.
It often made me smile when asked to think of the things that are important in my life.
Its a brilliant book. Its message came across better in the form of an audio book read by authors themselves. The book has profound wisdom about our modern day lives, and pinpoints where thongs are going wrong. Life changing.
There is nothing useful in this book. It is no more than drivel. The author speaks for the sake of speaking. It is a complete waste of money.
"its just a Overview.. Disappointed"
I purchased hoping that i would cover the entire book. Well it just overview in 1 hr timeframe. I hope you will release entire book.
Disappointment because it didn't cover the entire book for this money.
"NOT THE WHOLE BOOK,"
This recording is only a little over an hour long. The book is nearly 300 pages. Do the math. Most of it's missing.
Included the entire book as this is not the abridged version
He didn't read the whole thing.
Skip it. Buy the book.
"Nothing New over the other books"
I can't say that there is anything new here. This book does not seem to answer the question of how to put First things First as the title suggests. In my humble opinion this is just a filler book. One written to keep the public interested in Franklin Covey until they could come up with something else. if your are trying to develop your Mission statement and roles and goal and to follow thru on them a better book to get is What Matters Most.
"Warning: Only one hour long."
This is an abridged version of the book. I bought it under the assumption that it would be a full audio book and was disappointed to find it was only 1 hour long.
"Very difficult to listen to"
I found this audio title very difficult to listen to. While Steven Covey is a good narrator, the same can definitely not be said of the co-authors A Roger Merril and Rebecca R Merril. Also, I expected more concrete advice on how to put first things first. This title harps on and on about why you need to put first things first. We get that! Now we need to know how! Not a worthwhile listen
"This book is excellent"
This is an excellent book. It helps one to develop a schedule based on correct principles instead of on a clock system. That way your time is spent doing what is important rather than have your life dominated by the urgent. (urgent doesn't necessarily mean important), listen to the book.
I have ADHD and this recording and the print book have been very valuable to me. I would recommend using it along with the print version of the book along with the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
"Audio Book vs Paperback"
The audio book offers very little value and is about 1/9 of the material covered in the hard copy. I ordered the audio book for school and ended up having to purchase both. Skip this one.
Very touchy-feely. Very little substance, not systematic, mostly a rewrite of his Effective People books. I was looking for something else.
"Short and effective."
A great and quick reminder and complement to the 7 habits. Simple and effective in delivery. Worth the read and spot in the reread section of your library.
"Good Message and Challenge"
It was a good book with a great message and challenge in its own right. At the same time, if you've read the 7 Habits book and embraced habits 2 and 3 already, then you may be fine without this one. If not, and/or you want more focus and direction, the it's worth a read.
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