Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life by Stephen R. Covey compiled by David K. Hatch promises (from Covey’s introduction) to be personal and to help inspire and teach “timeless principals promising more joy, more peace of mind and an enhanced feeling of worth.” I think Covey’s expectations are a little presumptuous for this collection of success literature from the Readers Digest. I can think of only one Good Book that can make so lofty a promise.
Everyday Greatness is a blend of Chicken Soup for the Soul with 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. But the result is not all that tasty. Everyday Greatness is not as good as 7 Habits and nobody’s soul needs more Chicken Soup. Covey’s name is prominent on the cover but this is not really his book. The introduction and commentary for each chapter belong to him. But the book itself is a collection of stories previously published in Reader’s Digest. And while some are nice many are a little stale.
The philosophy of this self-help book is to live everyday making 3 choices: the choice to act, the choice of purpose, and the choice of principals. Each chapter is concerned with a different character principal. The only real highlight for me comes in the quotes at the end of every chapter. The book seeks to offer “inspiration for a meaningful life.” It definitely does offer inspiration. But after reading it I am left suffering from an inspiration over load.
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