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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (Book Review)

Title: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Author: Stephen Covey
Rating: 5/5

A book that outlines the simple habits that will change your life – whether you are a novice or an expert. This book can surely lay it all out to you. With practical examples that can hopefully address your questions and curiosity.

What are those 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 than to be Understood
  6. Synergy
  7. Sharpening the Saw

My personal favorite of all, is the sharpening of the saw. If you are a leader of a group of people, you must be able to learn on your own. And be able to share those learning to other people as well. When you keep yourself sharp, competence will follow thus allow you to influence more people.

Time to grow and reflect makes you more effective as a leader.

On the otherhand though, Being Proactive makes the greatest impact in my life. Because it’s a habit that is usually neglected by people. We always wait for somebody to do the things for us. We are always on the receiving end more often than not. We always seek for something in return, without really trying to do what we can.

Being Proactive means accountability.

That what you are, who you are with, where you are right now is the result of your every decision. Though other people made a participation for your decision, you are the sole reason, why you are in your current disposition.

And that is something that so difficult to accept.

Most people can not accept that they are at fault. Most us can’t understand why we are at fault and we always direct the blame to other people. Without knowing that you are the only reason for your every failure.

Most of us listen to other people instead of listening to our hearts.

Though being proactive sounds like a very simple word, it is not. Because it requires thinking ahead. And the most important key word there is “thinking”. Some people do not think. They open their mouths more than opening their minds to possibilities.

They waste their energy in nonsense discussions. They overly magnify the problem instead of talking about the solutions to the problems.

Habits are very important element of your future.

Because it will build your core – discipline to do what you think is right and be able to work hard for your dream and your purpose.

These 7 habits will open your doors towards becoming a better version of yourself.

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“This is, hands down, one of the best and most powerful books I’ve ever read in my life. I have recommended it to countless people. The fact that you’re seeking it out says volumes about your level of self-awareness as it is and this book builds on that. Very seldom do books really make me get involved when I read them, but this book made me break out my highlighter and notepad. There was so much good stuff I just had to take notes I could quickly reference. You know how some books make you say things out loud? You’ll read something and say, “YES! EXACTLY!” or read something profound and just sit dumbfounded, going “Wow,” and you have to take a moment to reflect on it? This book is full of moments like that.”

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