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First Things First Paperback – 4 Jan 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; Reissue edition (4 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684858401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684858401
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.7 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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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

Recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey has dedicated his life to demonstrating how every person can truly control their destiny with profound, yet straightforward guidance. As an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant and author, his advice has given insight to millions. He has sold over 20 million books sold (in 38 languages), and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the No. 1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century. His most recent major book, The 8th Habit , has sold nearly 400,000 copies. He holds an MBA from Harvard, and doctorate degree from Brigham Young University. He is the co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm with offices in 123 countries. He lives with his wife and family in Utah. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Kindle edition is missing loads of diagrams and worksheets referred to in the text rendering the title virtually useless. Hardcopy of the book is good.
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Format: Paperback
How many people live life in urgency? They forget what is really important and this books is a great example of how to get really focused and into a zone of success. It is so easy to waste time on non important matters so it put's you straight on managing your time in the best way for you. You may think you know what's best for you, BUT try reading this book and then see what you think! I have been so much more productive in everything I do so it has been invaluable to me.

A wonderful book and author of course!

Greg De Tisi
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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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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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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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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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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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Always nice to have a Kindle version of a Covey book for my phone or tablet. However, the only complaint I have about this book is that despite the 'interactive' tag, it omits a large chunk of the 'interactive' exercises in the original hard/paperback editions, those parts being arguably the best part.
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