I vaguely remember reading this book when I was a teen, but when I saw it again in the racks of a bookstore I had an urge to revisit and see what’s in there. I wasn’t very sure if I would I like it or if I would even go through it all, but I did and I enjoyed it. So I thought to share some snippets from this personal development book here for those of you who are looking to pick up their next read in this genre. The book by Stephen R. Covey has sold more than 25 million copies in 38 languages, and was named the No. 1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century.
“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are
-or, as we are conditioned to see it.”
The book is based around making some paradigm/ principle changes that involve changing our habits to be more productive. Habits play a tremendous part in our overall personality and character and it sometimes is very difficult to know what random habit that we picked up in our life is making or breaking us. And breaking deeply embedded bad habits requires more than a little willpower and a few changes in the lifestyle. Habits like procrastination/ impatience/ being judgmental might not seem to be a critical issue to face but they do hamper our image, personality and relations in the long run. Though changing is not going to be an overnight affair but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible!!
“We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Different people have different perspectives to the same situation and it is really easy to be mad and angry if things aren’t going your way and people don’t seem to agree with your version of the story but it is also fairly simple to take a step back to reflect on things and not be highly reactive about every other situation that comes your way.
“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. “
The author has beautifully chartered the 7 Habits into 3 categories :
- Private Victory (that takes you from Dependence to Independence)
- Public Victory (that takes you from Independence to Interdependence) &
- Sharpening the Saw (continuing on the path to improvement)
The 7 Habits :
- Be Proactive
- Begin with the end in mind
- Put first things first
- Think Win-Win
- Seek First to Understand, Then To Be Understood
- Sharpen the Saw
The book helps you take control and charge of your life, understand people by acknowledging different perspective, being responsible for your actions and hence choosing your response to situations wisely, increasing your circle of influence as anytime you think that the problem is “out there”, that thought itself is a problem.
“I have the courage to change the things which can & ought to be changed, the serenity to accept the things which can’t be changed, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
I enjoyed reading the book and learning some things that are definitely going to impact both my thought process as well as my actions. Share your thoughts if you have read the book too and resonate with my thinking or if you planning to give it a go!!