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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass; abridged edition edition (29 Aug. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671866281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883219307
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.1 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,994,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"USA Today" Covey is the hottest self-improvement consultant to hit U.S. Business since Dale Carnegie. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Stephen R. Covey is an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant and founder of the Covey Leadership Center. He has made teaching Principle-Centred Living and Principle-Centred Leadership his life's work. He is the author of several acclaimed and bestselling books. --This text refers to an alternate Audio Cassette edition.

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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
Dr Covey appears to have worked out life to a mint here - how to organise every second of your life to what you want to do, and how to make decisions based on what you set yourself. He starts from the roots - and tells you how to lead yourself to form your character, with a singular mission in life based on your values, which form the secondary base of the leadership principles he describes. It's a complicated process which needs all 368 pages to explain, and a lot of effort to start the ball rolling if you are serious about your life. It seems you might as well call this book 'how to live'. But - one problem - doesn't what you value in life (the base upon which his life leading strategy lies upon), change over time - so what you achieve from using this book will depend upon when you start using it. Or do your values only change over time if you have not set yourself values to stick to? It's very complicated.
But enough philosophy - this book is definitely worth a serious look. It teaches how to live with honesty and integrity, out of which personal worth is produced. Just don't think about it too hard.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 July 1997
Format: Hardcover
Join the human race by establishing a life based on your principle and not by the clock of someone else. This book serves as a handbook for anyone choosing to leave the treadmill behind--finding your true mission in life and living it fully. I wish the whole world would buy this book and read it. I'm ready to start living and stop existing, if you are too, then add this one to your shopping cart today!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Smith on 5 April 2000
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Another excellent work by Stephen Covey. First Things First (one of the '7 Habits') is time management with a difference. It looks at what is really important in your life and helps you to identify and work on more of those areas, rather than doing things that matter least more efficiently.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Oct. 1996
Format: Hardcover
First, let me say that i'm a mexican citizen so please do not be so hard about my english, any way i'll try to do my best.

i like to be an honest human being, so about "FIRST THINGS FIRST" it was a gift i got from a friend in San Antonio tx., and
even knowing that i have not ended the book yet because my job, in the first chapters i had readed i have found many ideas
to increase my succes as well as my productivity in the office, but the most important thing i have found is the real meaning
of the word "share" and this is because i'm starting to learn that i do have to have time for my family as well as for my profession

i do not know whats going to happen when i finish of read this "CLEVER WAY TO SHARE THE MEANING OF LIFE" but i'm sure that at the
end there is only going to be one word to "STEPHEN R. COVEY"............THANKS A LOT

ARTURO ARMENTA V.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Francine la Viajera on 7 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
I bought the Audio CD abridged of First Things First. It has some great ideas. When these are presented as visual or audio metaphors they communicate well via the medium of audio because you can picture them. For example he says four things inhabit the space between stimulus and response - conscience, self awareness, creative imagination, independent self. This is a statement that I will not forget. On the other hand, some of the wordy passages are tough and he is really into counting things, 3 of this, 4 of that and 7 of the other which is a bit wearing after the 5th time in as many sections. The CD is really fast-paced without any breaks. I tried to listen to it on the train, but had to stop and mull awhile every 7 minutes or so, at the end of each section.

The content is a 'must' for procrastinators. It will help you work out what you really wish came first for you, as opposed to all the things you assumed and which if you are like me, you keep putting off. however first things first, so go get the CD.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 July 1997
Format: Hardcover
Stephen Covey has teamed up with two extraordinary authors to produce an exceptional book. Learning to put first things first by evaluating your own life and scheduling your priorities rather than prioritizing you schedule is point only slightly less sensational that giving regard to the compass over the clock. I highly recommend this book to any and everyone that has taken the time to read this summary or even heard about the book from a friend. We ought to teach this stuff in our public schools.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jan. 1997
Format: Hardcover
WHILE COPIES OF COVEY'S _SEVEN HABITS_ were still conspicuous business accessories on public transportation and at latte shops, the people who were changing the world had moved on to the book that cracked the shell on the third habit: putting first things first.

Everyone who has heard the phrase "time management" could suggest prioritizing. Covey, Merrill and Merrill dare to entertain, "How do you do that? How do you know what's first when your plans are buffeted by circumstances, business and people you love-whom you've already put 'first?'"

Excellence is not required by their success formula. You are guided in choosing how driven you want to be by your priorities, and you'll know what (or who) is suffering when you decide to read junk mail.

If your reluctance in addressing time management stems from (1) not wanting to lose yourself and your life in order to finish your list, or (2) no one can help you because you choose to wear more hats than the people who usually offer advice will allow, then _First Things First_ is the FIRST, and possibly only, book you need to read.
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