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I am left with some mixed feelings about this book and I can see the same from the reviews posted here: You either love it or you hate it. On one hand, it seems that our own sense of what is right and wrong should be enough to get us through life. However, if indeed that were always true we wouldn't have such a market for books on self-development/improvement. On the other hand, to totally buy into this one book as "the only book you'll ever need to be all you can be" is narrowly buying into one concept at the expense of other potential alternatives.
Basically, I liked Covey's messages about being principle-centered and so forth. However, he seemed to 'beat a dead horse' referring over and over again to basic, character-based, lighthouse-guiding principles over and over again in an irritatingly repetitive way. Although some are mentioned (such as quality, honesty and humility) I found it odd to be in pursuit of a set of ideals without a 'compass' to guide me to the correct ones I need to focus on and a 'map' enabling me to accurately apply them to life. I suppose my common sense should do that for me (?).
I do like the 'inside-out' approach to personal change, growth and eventual fulfillment. It is a nice break away from all the "Raising Your Self-Esteem in 50 Steps" and "Contacting Your Inner Child" fanfare but it also seems to take a corporate flavor as well. This book seems to be timely in an era of downsizing and squeezing the most for the least amount from the workforce at large.
Bottom line, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in personal development. It is a very logically organized book and well written. You will have to form your own ideas and comparisons as you read it, like it or hate it.
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