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From Stephen R. Covey - the late, legendary author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - a new set of rules for achieving a happy and fulfilling life of primary greatness.

Many of us are hurting. We have chronic problems, dissatisfactions, and disappointments. Although we generally make it through the day, a lot of us feel overwhelmed by burdens we carry. We try to "lift the load of life" each day, and sometimes it's just too much. The idea of living a "great life" seems a distant dream.

Too often, however, we have the wrong idea of what a great life is. We think if only we had enough money, enough free time, enough good looks or popularity, everything would be great. If that's what makes for a great life, no wonder so many of us feel so weighed down by the demands of everyday living.

Stephen R. Covey believed there were only two ways to live: a life of primary greatness or a life of secondary greatness. Through his classic books and seminars, he taught that the intrinsic rewards of primary greatness - integrity, responsibility, and meaningful contribution - far outweighed the superficial rewards of secondary greatness - money, popularity, and the self-absorbed, pleasure-ridden life that some people consider "success".

Dr. Stephen R. Covey's teachings are beloved and have inspired countless listeners and leaders. Primary Greatness once again delivers classic Covey wisdom in a compact and digestible form. In this posthumous work, Covey lays out clearly the 12 levers of success that will lead to a life of primary greatness: integrity, contribution, priority, sacrifice, service, responsibility, loyalty, reciprocity, diversity, learning, teaching, and renewal. For the first time, Covey defines each of these 12 qualities and how they provide the leverage to make your daily life truly "great".

©2015 FranklinCovey Co. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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great new book from steven covey

I really like the concept and content of the book. Having already read the 7 habits and the 8th habit, I was wondering where could this go? Covey talks about the two types of success, Primary success which is integrity, honesty, intellect and living by principles. Secondary success is money, wealth, fame and fortune. The fruits of true happiness lie in achieving Primary success first. Public victory proceeds private victory and he talks about the 12 levers of success.

So many great pearls of wisdom, but Sean Covey sounds like he is tired and is reading after a busy day at the office. Especially in the middle parts of the book. I don't feel the passion in his voice like Steven and his 7 habits book. admittedly they are big shoes to fill, but I feel that the written version of the book would be better.

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  • Jonathan Baha'i
  • 04-07-2019

Great stuff from Covey as always!

Nuggets of wisdom you will surely appreciate if you want to improve or refresh your success compass.

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  • Jaime Sanchez
  • 28-05-2018

Great book

Was it me or Sean Covey was really yawning in the middle of the book?

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-05-2018

this book is wise

it is the ultimate sophistication I was wondering if you want to be a great man I recommend you to know about primary greatness

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