Published by Free Press
Publication Date: 2004
Genres: Nonfiction, Personal Productivity
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
“In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity — principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.”
There are books you just read, and there are books you must live. The 7 Habits is a book you must live, read, furiously take notes, try to implement its teachings and re-read again for reinforcement. I am not sure why I procrastinated so long in reading this book but I gained so much from it and think it will be a useful resource for anyone looking to improve themselves and their outlook on life.
I always thought myself a fair and objective person but from the first chapter I was forced to take an honestly brutal and deeper look at myself to learn more about the person I choose to be and that whom I want to be. I always thought myself an empathetic person and this book taught me how to take that empathy to the next level to really understand where people are coming from in our interactions.
While this book certainly would be helpful to dealing with difficult people in the workplace, I found it equally invaluable for learning how to deal with strong-willed young kids. We each have our own minds and we encourage our kids to think for themselves and outside the box. But then, we want them to listen to our every word and do as we say, which is not always what we do. This book helped me learn ways to cope with those difficult moments in parenthood and I will continually need a refresher as my kids get older and we encounter new triumphs and trials.
When Anna from In the Next 30 Days mentioned that she’d read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens as a teenager, I thought what a great time to have my middle schooler read the teen version. It’s very similar and we have already had quite interesting discussions on how we can improve communication and trust with and for each other.
The book even had a planner template to help organize life and the many roles we undertake. I am constantly in search of a planner to meet my needs and I could never find one. Using the book’s template, I finally created my own planner that I have been using for a couple weeks now and finally I feel more in control of my schedule and weekly priorities for the many roles I juggle. The book also helped me prioritize my never ending to-do list, into manageable, weekly, bite-sized pieces.
It’s been a long time since I learned so much about myself from a book. I’m still a work in progress, constantly learning and growing. But I feel stronger, inspired, empowered and ready to take on my daily challenges. Seven Habits was a refreshing change and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to build more meaningful relationships with yourself, your coworkers and most importantly, your family.
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“Private victories precede public victories.”
Responsibility = response + ability (you are able to choose your response to the situation)
Emotional bank account, the amount of trust you build into your relationship. Your responses to situations can make deposits or withdrawals into the bank account and impact whether your trust in the other person (or their trust in you) is increased or decreased.
“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are – or, as we are conditioned to see it.”
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Have you read and tried to live the 7 Habits? What books have you read that inspired you to take a deeper look at yourself and make a change for the better? Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me!