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- Publisher: Grand Harbor Press (9 July 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CWIK2I8
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You got to read it at least once, to analyse the path you are in to reach your destination.
No extra theory or unnecessary examples, to the point and clear.
It has already started me thinking on what is really meaningful which really help and it has given a practical way to go about having our own compass through the questions we should ask ourselves.
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Why? Because, for all my enthusiasm, I never reached a point where Stephen actually told me HOW to write the statement (which, given the title, is something of a failure). Instead it gives longwinded anecdotes and waxes endlessly about how important and lifechanging a personal mission statement can be, even stating that mission statements which don't work have failed because they aren't written properly. But give an example of how to do it correctly? Explain things properly, rather than in empty, wishy washy language that doesn't actually mean anything? Forget it. This book's beginning, middle and conclusion was, "You should have a mission statement because they are good. Also, they should reflect your values." I left none the wiser. In fact, I learned more about his Highly Effective Habits theory, given that all of these habits were actually listed at the back of the book.
Also, it was ridiculously short, yet perplexingly padded out. I got to the end and was confused - surely that wasn't it? Had I only acquired a sample? Had I skipped chapters on my Kindle accidentally? I checked. Twice. Nope. Between this and the Highly Effective Habits, as well as the long list of other books written by the author at the back, I have concluded this is nothing but a longwinded advertisement amd money-making scam.
Want my advice? Don't buy this book, but do write a personal mission statement. Don't know how? Don't worry: neither do I.
A couple of the chapters are written by members of his organisation and feel like a natural part of the book. It is a nice thoughtful touch that he recognised his team in that way. The mission statement is there "to live, to love, to learn and to leave a legacy" and there is no doubt he achieved his own mission. The book ranges from lofty terms such as "highest and best use" to wise stories to demonstrate reflection on our values and emotions. it is challenging as one of the contributors points out how uncomfortable we are inclined to be when comparing ideal to actual. The book does not urge you to come up with a perfect mission statement, never to be challenged or changed. it invites you to dive in and get some words down and get perfect later. If you keep a journal it is worth recording your statement. Such things are fascinating to read a decade later for example even if you don't go on to make it something you regularly refer to. If instead of getting, your mission statement is about "giving, contributing, adding more" then I especially wish you every success.
I'm a fan of the 7 and 8th Habits but I don't feel this really delivers. It may also be important to note that several key chapters are NOT actually written by Mr Covey.
What this book essentially tells you to do, if you'd like a personal mission statement, is to go away and think about it.
I'm going to do just that; and perhaps that will help revise my opinion, but right now, I don't feel that this book has helped equip me for the task.