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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2009
Inspiring stories and practical insights challenge readers to live a life of everyday greatness.
Best-selling author Stephen Covey and Readers Digest have joined forces to produce an extraordinary volume of inspiration, insight, and motivation to live a life of character and contribution. The timeless principles and practical wisdom along with a "Go-Forward Plan" challenge readers to make three important choices every day:
- The Choice to Act - your energy
- The Choice of Purpose - your destination
- The Choice for Principles - the means for attaining your goals
- Searching for Meaning
- Taking Charge
- Starting Within
- Creating the Dream
- Teaming with Others
- Overcoming Adversity
- Blending the Pieces
With stories from some of the world's best known and loved writers, leaders, and celebrities, such as Maya Angelou, Jack Benny, and Henry David Thoreau, and insights and commentary from Stephen Covey, the Wrap Up and Reflections at the end of each chapter help create a project that can be used for group or personal study.
David K. Hatch is a recognized consultant specialized in leadership and organizational effectiveness. His career has taken him to over thirty countries, where his assessment tools have benefited numerous Fortune 500 companies and over a half million leaders.
Stephenie Hovland5 Stars Out Of 5September 20, 2009Stephenie HovlandEveryday Greatness by Stephen R. CoveyEveryday Greatness is a treasure of life application insights and inspirations. David K. Hatch has compiled the collection of personal stories from Readers Digest, while Stephen Covey provides commentary. Each trait (such as responsibility, unity, and perseverance) is followed up with anectdotes, quotations, and thoughtful questions. As soon as I skimmed this book, I decided it was one of those books that I need to keep, revisit, and absorb. Later, as I read it, I thought about my pastor who could use this book for sermon illustrations. I also thought about my daughters school as they focus on character traits. From team-building businesses to personal improvement, this book has plenty for everyone. I read the stories, lingered over the quotations, and wanted to discuss the questions with others. I also wanted to take at least a year to go through the book. Although I usually read books from cover to cover, this is one of those books that allows you to hop around, digging into the traits you need to explore. My only disappointment was that it could have included more Christian elements. The Bible certainly speaks to the character traits presented. However, I understand that this book will be accessible to a variety of people who may have been put off by spiritual overtones.
Jonathan C3 Stars Out Of 5August 4, 2009Jonathan CEveryday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life by Stephen R Covey is based around 63 true life stories that are to uplift, inspire, and bring forth passion within the reader. Using stories and quotes from various Reader's Digest articles over the years Covey adds his own commentary to them in order to shape the readers thinking toward "everyday greatness". Everyday greatness is based on three ideas, action, purpose and principles which are to transform ones life toward positive action.Initially the book was of some interest to me and promisd much after reading the introduction. However, after 50-100 pages in i could tell how the book was going to read from then on. It is packed with interesting stories and great tales and quotes that one might use if you were a teacher or public speaker. It is a very easy book to read and also makes you think wider than yourself.For me, this isn't the kind of book i would seek out to read. It is one of those 'positive thinking' type books which really grate. I'm unconvinced as to whether Covey achieved his goal of uplifting and inspiring the reader while also moving in them a passion to do better things in life. I can't say that i was greatly moved to enhance my life because of the stories i read. The best use for this book will be the stories and quotes for various speaking engagements and may come in handy as a bookend.I am a member of Thomas Nelsons Book Review Blogger program at http://brb.thomasnelson.com/