The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People written by Stephen R. Covey talks about the effectiveness of seven habits that are each individually guided with one another towards creating life changes, and in parts with creating your way of problem solving towards your goals and/or other problematic situations that may occur. This book was on the reading list of one of my nutrition courses this semester, and I didn’t think much of the book until I read it myself.
Personally, I felt a bit skeptical about these so-called seven habits that are supposed to mend and help aide towards any hardships and decision making in your life. As I progressed with reading this book, it gave me a new insight as to what makes effective people differ from ineffective people. Likewise..I know that both subjects are polar opposites, however surprisingly correlates with one another…
This was definitely my gateway book into reading more this semester. Stephen Covey’s work truly embarks a whole lot of life lessons that we may not be fully aware of. For example, this book had been written quite some time ago. No, not only a few years..I’m talking about written and published in the year 1989..It’s amazing how these factors are of relevance today.
What exactly are these 7 so-called 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
In all honesty, they all seem pretty basic right? But then again, there are other contradicting factors that aide towards each individual habit. Such as:
- Being reactive
- Beginning with no end in mind
- Putting seconds things first
- Thinking of a win-lose or lose-win situation
- Seeking to first be understood
- Compromise, fight or flight
- Wearing out the saw
Upon reading all the habits, and their counterparts I realized that I had experienced both. The good and the bad. However, to truly find an effective way, or to completely or somewhat become a more effective person, you need to also be ineffective.
Why would you want to be ineffective right??
Well it’s simple. To me, if I had not been ineffective in my life. I would not have been able to accomplish the things that I’ve experienced right now. You can’t always seek first to understand, without being hurt and wanting to seek for others to understand you. You cannot always compromise without working it all out and synergizing with what has been given to you. You cannot truly become as effective without first being ineffective. Hard as it may be, that is the truth.
Then again, this is just my opinion. There are many out there who may object otherwise. This book itself, was definitely a good read. A page turner, and another way for yourself to manifest your thoughts.
If you ever feel like wanting to read a book to stimulate your mind, thoughts and opinions..check this book out!