2018 challenge day 8 – The 7 habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

About the Book

Standing in on 432 pages The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, written by Stephen Covey – the anniversary edition was published by Simon & Schuster on November 19, 2013.

In this book Covey discusses the paradigm change in the self help world from character to personality – according to him the new though in self help is more like a bandage offering quick but superficial results.

After this, Covey details seven habits grouped together in three sections:

First section, private victory consists of three habits: Be proactive – taking action rather then waiting around for problems to happen. Begin with the end in mind – create a missions statement, always review it to make sure you’re still on course. Put First things first – work only on items that are important and urgent first and then important and non urgent.

Second section: public win consists of: Win Win – where effort used to find a way for both parties to “win”. Seek first to understand, then to be understood – be empathetic and listen others. Synergize – combining the strength of two parties so that the results would be greater then the sum.

The finally habit – sharpening the saw is about balancing and renewing resources, energy and health to create a long-term effectively lifestyle.

Key Takeaways and commentary.

My takeaway from this was first, and I agree with this, is that the world of self help has changed to one of working on flaws and promoting growth to one where it is a way to hide it.

My second takeaway is the habit of “putting things first” where you divided your work into four categories: Important and Urgent, Important and Not Urgent, Not Important and Urgent, and Not Important and Not Urgent.

Focus only on: “Important and Urgent” and “Important and Not Urgent”

That habit was something that I had never thought up of a few years back. I know now that I should have focused on tasks that were important and urgent rather then dwelling on tasks that were not important and not urgent.

The truth is that the not important and not urgent tasks were much much easier.

What do you think? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments and if you found this post useful or enjoyable, please share and leave a like. Thank you!  Stay tuned for tomorrows book How to Win Friends & Influence People

For more information on the 2018 challenge, visit the following link: Business Trek 2018 reading challenge.

You can also get the book via the following link: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

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