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4.0 out of 5 stars Might change your life – or sit on the shelf, 23 Jan 2006
This review is from: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change (Hardcover)
This is a powerful guide to self-improvement. The "habits" are common-sense: be proactive, or "seek first to understand, then to be understood". The writing is clear, presenting each habit in a way which is easy to apply to oneself. If you're looking for a self-help guide to living a more focused, targeted life, you can hardly do better than this.
The downside is that this is a massive, densely-written book. Just reading it, let alone internalising and acting on it, is a major project. Many readers will dip into it; lose interest; and let it gather dust on the shelf.
Summary: excellent self-improvement guide, won't work for everyone.
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Initial post: 27 Mar 2012 15:31:02 BDT
This book will work for everyone who invests the time and effort to read it and apply its principles!

For those who read it with only half-attention, or read it closely and then fail to act on it, then obviously it won't work for them.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2012 22:48:03 BDT
Good comment - Dominic, you've hit the 'nail on the head'!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2012 19:24:04 BDT
Thanks, Dominic and Carol. I agree entirely. The question is whether it's possible for a self-help book to be any less massive and dense than this one in delivering a useful message. If it were, it might be (even) more useful than "7 Habits", which contains much good stuff but is a pretty forbidding read for many.
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