7 Habits is one of those books that everyone always recommends that you read. While it falls head-on in the category of “self improvement” that we generally avoid, it is still a good read. The gist is that you are in control of your life, and you have the ability to shape who you are in a way that is beneficial to your goals and the goals of the people around you.
So this book acts as a manual for performing better in both arenas of life (Work and Home). His anecdotes are as frequently from family situations as from business challenges. Before you can adopt the seven habits, you’ll need to accomplish what Covey calls a “paradigm shift“–a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works. Covey takes you through this change, which affects how you perceive and act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, developing your “proactive muscles” (acting with initiative rather than reacting), and much more. This isn’t a quick-tips-start-tomorrow kind of book. The concepts are sometimes intricate, and you’ll want to study this book, not skim it. You will atleast have to read this book 10 times, if you really want to reap full benefits of Covey’s thoughts. When you finish, you’ll probably have Post-it notes or hand-written annotations in every chapter, and you’ll feel like you’ve taken a powerful seminar by Covey.
Although I have read many personal development books, 7 Habits is by far the best. No hype, hoopla, pyscho-babble that is so prevalent today, however, I submit that 7 Habits will be around long after the hypsters are gone.
- Stephen Covey Speaks at Microsoft – J.D. Meier’s Blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs (blogs.msdn.com)
- Think about your life goals | zen habits (zenhabits.net)
- The 7 Habits of Highly Innovative People | BNET (bnet.com)