Sunday, March 09, 2008

Self Improvement

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen R. Covey
Copyright 1989
AudioBook read by the author

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ... and It's All Small Stuff
By Richard Carlson, Ph.d.
Copyright ???
AudioBook read by the author

Of these two books, I liked the second one the best. The first one is very business-oriented, very "get ahead" and "man the torpedoes" - or so it seems on first listen. Some of the ideas are good - create win-win situations, for instance, and listen first and talk second. It is very action oriented.

The second book, on the other hand, is more spiritual, more centered on just being instead of doing. I liked listening to it so well I wouldn't mind owning a copy to have to listen to whenever I like. It's more about lowering your stress levels, seeking spirituality, that sort of thing.

7 Habits - 3 stars
Small Stuff - 4 stars


  1. I've read both and I agree with you. Even the title works better for me. It's its own little reminder!

  2. Ha ha. Yeah, I got my New Earth from the library and then liked it enough to buy a copy so I could mark it the hell up.

  3. The first book is my text for the Library Workplace Skills class I teach for LTA students. It sounds businesslike- - -but when you also apply the principals to your relationships be it personal or work it can make a tremendous difference in your outlook.

    The think win/win?!?! Helped me tremendously in my work as I seek solutions that benefit patrons and the Library. Think win/win?!? Helps so much in your private life when you realize that positive solutions to problems benefit both spouses.

    Um, my gym efforts and such are also as a result of learning to Sharpen the Saw.

    It is a little touchy feely here and there- - -but durn, it's really helped me. You do have to get beyond the 80's jargon to explore the concepts.


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