Stephen Covey wrote this book in 1989, a book that has been read by over 15 million people, probably the most read book on personal development of the century.
The reasons are apparent; Stephen Covey has a gift with words and a gentle way of challenging us to see the better in ourselves and to take responsibility for our actions and our lives.
He has split his book into 7 parts, habits, that start you at step one and move you from dependency to independence to interdependence.
It is a constant struggle to live the 7 habits and something we all need to work on but in doing so we keep improving, learning about ourselves, about others and how to achieve everything we dream of.
The 7 Habits
1. Be Proactive
2. Begin With the End in Mind
3. Put First Things First
4. Think Win/Win
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
7. Sharpen the Saw
A book about growth
When I first read Stephen Coveys book it was hard to really grasp the concept, he discusses very abstract solutions and changes, he discusses changing our paragrims to fit universal principles, without ever sharing the principles.
This made it a very hard lesson for me to take and use, I have now read the book 3 times and still I don’t understand or follow everything.
But at its core it teaches you more about yourself, each time I read it I spot something new and as I grow the lessons I need to learn change and so does therefore my understanding of the 7 habits.
This is what is amazing with it, it is a book written for all levels, it can help the experienced improve and the beginners start.
My favorite part
I think most of us have problems in taking responsibility for our lives, most want to blame society or a specific person.
When talking to people angry about where their lives are you often learn of opportunities they have missed or not dared to follow. Because they chose not to follow these opportunities their lives haven’t turned out the way they wanted which is something they don’t want to accept responsibility for, the problem is that when you don’t accept the responsibility, you cannot change.
If you aren’t responsible for your life, if you aren’t in control, how are you supposed to change it?
The truth is, you are in control, you have the power to change your life and you can make a difference starting today.
Stephen Covey shares the word “Responsible –> Response-able” we all have the ability to chose our response to any given situation and through that we determine our lives.
This book is for you if you are looking to grow and mature as a person
If you want to become more, learn about yourself and about the world, this book is a must read.
It is called the business book of the century by some, the personal development book of the ages, the path to success by some, I call it a wonderful gift.
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