Book Review 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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Book Review on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was written by Dr Stephen R Covey who was born in 1932. The book was first published by Simon & Schuster in 1989 and has sold around 15 million copies word-wide. The seven principles he presents in the 7 Habits are not original thoughts - he does not claim to have originated the ideas but simply to have found a framework and a language for articulating the time-less principles embedded into the seven habits.

Inside Out discussed about the Paradigm shift where Covey used several examples, the classic one is the old woman/young woman picture which tells us that what we say about it depends on how we see it. In my own perspective this means that my behavior should depend on a paradigm of the world which is centered on unchanging principles instead of what happens in my surroundings, the economy, or even the trends in the society. This also discussed that the actual problem is that we look at problems as a problem when it could be something else such as an opportunity.

HABIT 1: BE PROACTIVE. I have learned in this habit that I should be taking responsibility for my own life, rather than having anybody else or my environment do the controlling. Being proactive tells us that we can’t keep blaming all the people around us for how our lives have turned out. I have also learned in this Habit that Proactive people uses—I can, I will, I prefer. Reactive people uses—I can’t, I have to, if only. It also discussed about the circle of influence which tells us that Proactive people focus on things they can do something about while Reactive people focus on things over which they have little or no concern. HABIT 2: BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND. In my understanding of Habit 2, it is all about imagination and envisioning. Something that I have figured out how to do since I was little, it is about knowing what I want...
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