Due to issues that I will not speak of, a probation officer made me read this book (and also made me write an essay on it--you can bet that it was a strongly opinionated essay). Now, one can definitely argue that these unfortunate circumstances have distorted my viewpoint, but that isnt the case at all. This book would be terrible regardless of whether I was forced to read it or not.Lets discuss why.The 7 Problems of Sean Coveys Highly Ineffective Book:1. SEAN COVEY HAD A PERFECT LIFE. Covey constantly reminds us of the fantastic life hes had.
Has he had a child abusive life? Has he had verbally and physically abusive parents? Has he attempted suicide? No, no, and no. Give me someone whos endured problems or at least can empathize with them, and youll immediate earn my respect. Give me someone whos had no real problems but thinks hes eligible to preach about them and Im going to tell him, Go fuck yourself.2.
SEAN COVEY IS CONDESCENDING. Nough said.3. HIS SOLUTIONS ARE DOWNRIGHT UNREALISTIC. This is the number one issue with this book. Because Covey has had such a gleeful, problem-less life, he looks at these problems with the most irritatingly shallow, optimistic its-all-unicorns-and-rainbows approach and doesnt realize that the solutions, if any, to most real situations and problems arent as straight-forward as he thinks.4. THERE ARE TOO MANY ANECDOTES AND THE CARTOONS ARE LAME. The billion anecdotes (and their accompanying cartoons) are nothing more than poor attempts at humor and excessive to the point where they take away significance from the message itself.5.
NOTHING HE SAYS HASNT ALREADY BEEN SAID. All his suggestions are generic, which makes Coveys job, as the author, to recover the significance of these problems and make readers realize the importance of them. But, of course, he failed to do so. Go figure.6. SOME THINGS HE TEACHES ARE COMMON SENSE, making them redundant. This somewhat ties in with problem number five.7. CONTRADICTIONS ARE PRESENT. I honestly think that Covey was so busy conjuring so many anecdotes that he failed to realize that some of them contradict the ideas that he presents.Ive gone through some 5-star reviews, and I cannot for the life of me fathom why this book is liked by so many people.
The only people I can see liking this book are people who look at life through rose-colored glasses (much like Covey himself).I can understand that some people may like this book because it addresses a variety of topics, but while it did just that, Covey clearly doesnt fully comprehend them, and his lack of experience and empathy with these issues make him completely unqualified to teach people about them.