Saturday, May 22, 2010

Everyday Greatness by Stephen Covey

Are you looking for a book to inspire and challenge you to go above and beyond what you are doing now? Then this book is for you!! The book, Everyday Greatness by Stephen R Covey, sets out to apply “character-driven living” principles to our own lives using adversity and challenge. The inside cover says “Everyday Greatness will help you discover inspiring, mind-expanding insight and solutions to your personal challenges.” I love this book because the stories in it are very inspiring. Each one speaks to you in a different way. Some of the stories are from famous people like Chuck Norris, Betty Ford, and Henry David Thoreau. Other stories are from people you would never hear about. The quotes that are used after each section mean just as much as the stories themselves.

The stories are very personal and each one has you feeling like you can do more than you are doing now. Every story has you thinking, “How can I be a better person, how can I help someone?” Betty Ford talks about her alcohol and drug addictions and how she overcame them. Chuck Norris talks about creating your own breaks. “If you want to accomplish anything in life, you can’t just sit back and hope it will happen. You’ve got to make it happen.” There are also stories where one person changed one life. If we can only help one person, it is worth it. The story of “The Boy Who Couldn’t Read” was very inspiring. Tyler Currie finds out a student in his classroom can’t read. The boy has been passed along each year from one grade to the next. This teacher decides to do something. He teaches the boy to read. It took one person to feel compassion and to find what would trigger the child’s learning.

This book is for anyone who wants to be nudged to do more. If you feel there is more you should be getting out of life, this book will help you find it. You cannot fully appreciate this book “Everyday Greatness” until you read it from cover to cover. Parts will make you cry, some will make you laugh, and others will make you think. But through it all, you are being motivated to do your best in all that you do. And what more could anyone ask?

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