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  1. 1. EVERYDAY GREATNESS Inspiration for a Meaningful Life Book Review Compiled by : - David K. Hatch Insights and Commentary By : - Stephen R. Covey
  2. 3. About the Book <ul><li>Title : Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life </li></ul><ul><li>Compiled by : David K. Hatch </li></ul><ul><li>Commented by : Stephen R. Covey </li></ul><ul><li>Binding : Hardcover </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing Date : 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Publisher : Pearson Education </li></ul><ul><li>Pages : 445 </li></ul><ul><li>Language : English </li></ul><ul><li>Price : Rs. 499 </li></ul>
  3. 4. About the Authors <ul><li>Stephen Covey is a sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance </li></ul><ul><li>Covey currently serves on the board/advisory board of several entities, including the Human Performance Institute—the leader in energy management technology—where he serves as Advisory Board Chairman. </li></ul>
  4. 5. About the Authors <ul><li>Covey has considerable respect and influence with executives and leaders of Fortune 500 companies as well as with mid- and small-sized private sector and public sector organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen R. Covey is the author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, a classic that has sold more than 15 million copies </li></ul><ul><li>He is also the author of The Speed of Trust, a groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting book that challenges our age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue </li></ul>
  5. 6. About the Authors <ul><li>David K. Hatch is a recognised business consultant who advises organisations about leadership and organisational effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>His career has taken him to over fifty countries </li></ul><ul><li>His assessment tools have benefited numerous Fortune 500 companies and over a half million leaders </li></ul>
  6. 7. “Everyday Greatness” <ul><li>The book is an anthology of stories compiled by David K. Hatch out of Reader’s Digest published since 1922 </li></ul><ul><li>A commentary from inspirational writer Stephen R. Covey has been added to become an inspiring and life-changing resource for anyone who wants more from life </li></ul><ul><li>The format lends itself to either serious study or more casual tasting </li></ul>
  7. 8. “Everyday Greatness” <ul><li>Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life is one of those books meant to be read in small doses so that the concepts can sink in </li></ul><ul><li>The stories uplift its readers and provide wise insights, spiced with gentle humour </li></ul><ul><li>Every story exemplifies people living to their best, often through adversity and challenge </li></ul>
  8. 9. “Everyday Greatness” <ul><li>The book provides numerous examples of ordinary people living principled lives, without fanfare, quietly and nobly </li></ul><ul><li>These unrecognized heroes make the world a better place </li></ul><ul><li>They demonstrate what conviction, charity and goodness really mean </li></ul>
  9. 10. Scheme of “Everyday Greatness” <ul><li>The stories have been divided into chapters </li></ul><ul><li>Each chapter has around three stories that illustrate a particular trait </li></ul><ul><li>There is then a Wrap Up and Reflections section that summarizes the stories and theme </li></ul><ul><li>Questions are also asked to more deeply examine how that trait would manifest in your life </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, the chapter concludes with a number of quotes that stick to the theme but show slightly different facets of it </li></ul>
  10. 11. Summary <ul><li>The titles of the chapter will give an idea about the design. It is more like a road map. The 07 chapters are:- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Searching for Meaning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take Charge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Starting Within </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating the Dream </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaming with Others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overcoming Adversity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blending the Pieces </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Each chapter is subdivided exactly into three subchapters </li></ul><ul><li>Each subchapter comes with one or more stories to illustrate the theme </li></ul>
  11. 12. Chapter 1 Searching for meaning <ul><li>Within each individual lies the need for meaning – the longing to be of value </li></ul><ul><li>This carving for purpose propels us to make the choices that will bring us the most joy and satisfaction from life </li></ul><ul><li>The busy world divert us to lesser choices – choices that in the long run are of little value or meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Principles that help us in our search for meaning include: - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Charity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attention </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Chapter 2 Taking Charge <ul><li>We are to take charge of our life and accept responsibility for bringing our dreams to fruition </li></ul><ul><li>The search for meaning inspires us to create a blueprint for the contributions we want to make in life </li></ul><ul><li>We plan our course and measure our progress against it </li></ul><ul><li>This needs fearless discipline and focused energy </li></ul><ul><li>Principles that enable us to take charge of life include: - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Courage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discipline </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Chapter 3 Starting Within <ul><li>The most important element we put into any goal or relationship is not </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What we say Or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What we do Or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What we have </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But Who we are </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Principles that strengthen our capacity to start within include: - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Humility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gratitude </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Chapter 4 Creating the Dream <ul><li>One of the deepest joys in life is to be creative </li></ul><ul><li>Put yourself into something innovative and worthwhile </li></ul><ul><li>Then see it come to fruition </li></ul><ul><li>Principles that enable the art of creating include: - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. CHAPTER 5 TEAMING WITH OTHERS <ul><li>We must learn how to live, work, and team with others </li></ul><ul><li>This is not always easy as people come in all shapes, sizes, colours, ages, genders, and social varieties </li></ul><ul><li>People with Everyday Greatness value, celebrate, and capitalise on the wide range of differences </li></ul><ul><li>Principles that enhance the ability to team include: - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Respect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empathy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unity </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Chapter 6 OVERCOMING ADVERSITY <ul><li>Whether working independently or teaming with others, we can expect opposition </li></ul><ul><li>Our response to adversity can make or break our ability to accomplish our purposes </li></ul><ul><li>Much of the opposition we face works in our favour: - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It challenges and teaches us lessons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It causes us to reach a little higher conclusions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Principles in overcoming life’s obstacles include: - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adaptability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Magnanimity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perseverance </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Chapter 7 Blending the Pieces <ul><li>Burnouts, red-eye flights, stress, power launches, workaholism, and overtime do not let us “live our life” </li></ul><ul><li>Everyday Greatness is dealing with all the competing demands that are placed upon us </li></ul><ul><li>There seem to be so many choices and so little time </li></ul><ul><li>Principles that help us properly blend the various demands of life include: - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Balance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simplicity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Renewal </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Personal Views <ul><li>Some books are to be viewed: some to be tasted: some other to be chewed and digested. The book under review pass the test laid down by Francis Bacon </li></ul><ul><li>It is said that once a mind is open, it never returns to it original size, books like this add and hasten that expansion </li></ul><ul><li>The reader is able to enjoy the experiences of others and then apply to making his own life richer </li></ul>
  19. 20. Personal Views <ul><li>The overall impact of the book is quite powerful </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen R. Covey teaches that every individual has the potential to grow, enrich and achieve greatness </li></ul><ul><li>The &quot;Reflections&quot; portions and the comments at the end of each chapter are enlightening experiences sharing </li></ul><ul><li>The &quot;Further Insights&quot; section provides quotes on each topic </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the stories are deeply thoughtful and inspiring </li></ul>
  20. 21. Personal Views <ul><li>Some of the stories are weak, at times silly and shabbily narrated </li></ul><ul><li>Many of the lessons are vague and demand elucidation and comprehension </li></ul><ul><li>I disagree with some of the lessons drawn </li></ul>
  21. 22. Comments <ul><li>Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life is a guide to mentally transforming one's life through </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating one's own dream, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focusing on a purpose, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaming with others as needed to make the vision a reality. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Numerous insights, quips, and proverbs from famous people pepper Everyday Greatness, adding extra punch to its points on the virtues of humility, dedication, empathy, adaptability, and more. </li></ul><ul><li>The core text draws upon the author's lifelong wisdom, alternating between overviews of positive traits to cultivate in oneself and vignettes written by others that lend a palpable dimension to life lessons. </li></ul><ul><li>A highly recommended repository of insight and drive, that flavours its wisdom with subtle humour. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Originality is unexplored territory. You get there by carrying a canoe - you can't take a taxi.&quot; - Alan Alda </li></ul>
  22. 23. Comments <ul><li>Stephen R Covey brings us the stories arranged like beads in a necklace; but each one with a specific perspective adding a unique beauty to the whole necklace. </li></ul><ul><li>They are stories of lives lived to the fullest, often through adversity and challenge. </li></ul><ul><li>They are woven into a design that taken as a whole gives a strong message about how to create everyday greatness. </li></ul>
  23. 24. Crux of the Nut <ul><li>The whole design rests on three pillars, which Covey calls as everyday choices: - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The choice to act (representing the energy we bring to life) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The choice of purpose (representing our destination) and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The choice for principles (representing how we will reach that destination) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>He points out that the main characters of the stories included, have all these great attributes </li></ul>
  24. 25. Crux of the Nut <ul><li>Covey’s visualizes that Parents and teachers gleaming from its thoughts or stories are to: - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inspire youth, professional speakers and business leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use it as a content resource, discussing and applying principles to various work efforts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discover inspiring, mind expanding insights and solutions to specific personal challengers </li></ul></ul>
  25. 26. QUESTIONS