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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Overview

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Overview
This week, Life Training Online is reviewing The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey, the fifth of fifty-two books in the 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks series.

During its first publication in 1990, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People became an instant classic for developing personal and professional effectiveness. Seventeen years later, this book still continues to have a huge following and influence throughout the world.

It was during my first year of college when I picked up my very own copy of this groundbreaking book. Being the impressionable freshman that I was, the title caught my eye and I wanted to know if I possesed any of the 7 habits of these so called “highly effective people”. As if I had been starved for this type of knowledge, I devoured the book in less than one day, becoming spellbound by these 7 habits. They began to become doctrine for me. For a week, that’s all I could talk about and naturally — as any loyal Covey neophyte would do — I went out, bought myself a FranklinCovey Planner, and went forth conquering. Or so I thought…

It wasn’t one month later that my newfound knowledge and brand new, $50 dollar planner was relegated to the back of my mind and bottom of my closet. The spirit was willing, but the flesh was weak; college life and all its distraction were just too much.

Now years later, with a more mature and seasoned mind (*cough *cough you this week, Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

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book is calling me again. So with great anticipation, I look forward to presenting to

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: From Dependence to Interdependence

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: From Dependence to Interdependence This week, Life Training Online is reviewing The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey, the fifth of fifty-two books in the 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks series.

This book is packed with so many deep concepts and principles that I’m afraid my weekly review is going to be a superficial overview at best. However my intention for the 52 book series wasn’t to be entirely comprehensive, but instead to give you a solid look into the key concepts that you can instantly take away with you. And then, if you desire a deeper look, to buy the book yourself. So with that disclaimer, here goes.

Character vs. Personality Ethic

To provide a framework whereupon to build the 7 Habits, Covey begins his work introducing the dichotomy between what he calls the character ethic and the personality ethic.

For years, the cultural theme that ran throughout the US was built upon the character ethic. This is the idea that a person advances throughout life on the basis of their character. It was the foundation of Benjamin Franklin’s Twelve Virtues and could be found in most of the self-help literature of the time.

However, since WWI, a shift started to happen. Developing one’s character began to be overshadowed by the “quick-fix” solution of the personality ethic. All you had to do was learn specific skills and techniques, work on your public image, personality and attitudes, and you’d be guaranteed success. However, the problem came when you were eventually discovered as insincere and shallow. A perfect example is many...
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