Title : 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Author : Stephen Covey
Year of Publication : 1989
Genre: Non-fiction, Business, Self-help
Publisher: Free Press
We all want to be more productive with our time and achieve a lot with whatever resources we may have. This book by Steven Covey contains vital life changing information that may lead to a much desire gear change in our lives.
7 habits of highly effective people has sold over 25 million copies since it was published in 1989 and it remains a favorite within the self-help literature niche. It is more or less a blue print to becoming the best version of oneself. Since we are all products of our habits, the first step to becoming a better version of ourselves is to cultivate new habits.
You cannot solve a problem using the thinking that created it in the first place
Habits, according to Covey is the overlapping of knowledge skill and attitude. Hence, the 7 habits discussed in this book are often attained through development of certain skills and character traits.
It is not about what happened to you, but your attitude towards what happened to you
Lessons from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
“Your world is formed first in your head”
The lessons from this book would be discussed using the 7 habits discussed by Steven Covey in the book.
Habit # 1 : Highly effective people are proactive. Aka, the habit of personal vision. Covey argues that highly effective people are those who hold themselves responsible for their own lives. This is particularly useful in the world today where people seem obsessed with the notion that some invisible hand is manipulating thier lives. In order words, Covey, believes that the outcome of your life is as a result of your habits.
“Be responsible for your own response”
Habit # 2 : Habit of personal leadership. Aka, begin with the end in mind. The second habit is the habit of vision. Successful people understand the importance of carrying other people along with their vision. In this process, you need to cultivate charater traits that build trust between them and their partners or sub-ordinates.
“In order to retain those who are present, be loyal to those who are absent“
Habit # 3 : Habit of personal management. Put first things first. In pursuit of success, one must make sure that important things are handled before they become urgent. By doing this, time is manged appropriately. This habit is based on prioritizing on a day- to- day, moment- to-moment basis. This habit is often a manifestation of our value system and the willpower to do the things we need to do even when we don’t feel like doing them.
You lead people but we manage things
Habit # 4 : Think win – win. Successful people what others to succeed as well. Successful people understand that for you to win, another person does not have to lose. By doing so, they attract more potential business and life collaborators, which in turn makes them highly resourceful.
Habit # 5 : Communicate for mutual understanding. Seek first to understand then to be understood. This is a natural follow up from the previous habit of win- win. When you cultivate a habit of shared success, you begin to make efforts to understand the other parties point of view. Covey argues that this attitude, does not only help you acquire more knowledge of the parties point of view, it also makes the other person feel listened too and validated and that is what most poeple really want.
Always put people first
Habit # 6 : Synergize. This is the result of the two previous habits. When you think win- win and communicate to understand the other parties point of view, it becomes clearer how both parties can come up with action plan that worked and benefits everyone involved. This comes about from the value placed on the other person’s perspective. This is not to be mistaken as a compromise as compromise means either or both parties are losing something from this deal. It is, however a coming together to create a much better deal for both parties involved.
It is greater to be trusted and respected than to be liked
Habit # 7 : Sharpen the saw. This is the habit of constant renovation. A life time committed to learning would ensure that one remains abreast of hos the previous habits can be applied in new scenarios. Hence, t
In conclusion, this brief summary of the book can not possibly contain the broad wealth of knowledge contained in the book, and if you need any proof that the book is worth reading, remember it has sold over twenty-five million copies since it was published. It is definitely a book worth reading.