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Book Review: Lessons from Steven Covey’s “7 habits of highly effective people”.

I would agree with Roger Staubach,( NFL Hall of Fame quarterback), that in the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey serves up a seven-course meal on how to take control of one’s life and become the complete, fulfilling person one envisions. Moreover, it is a satisfying, energetic, step-by-step book that is applicable for personal and business progress. There are indeed powerful lessons in personal change.
In the unabridged edition of the ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’, Steven Covey noted some key nine common human challenges. Some of these challenges include Fear & insecurity, the notions of “I want it now” and “What’s in it for me”. To Steven Covey, these challenges affect us and define our actions or inactions. Other common human challenges are Blame & victimization, Hopelessness and the hunger to be understood. Society is addicted to blame and blaming everyone for our problems may change nothing. Stephen covey observed that, the way we see the problem is the problem. Further on the challenges, Covey identified Conflict & differences and Personal Stagnation as the next ones. According to him, to learn and not to do is not to learn.
One of his profound lessons in life is that, if you want to achieve your highest aspirations and overcome your greatest challenges, identify and apply the principles or natural law that govern the results you seek. This lesson shows that Principles and paradigms affect the way we think about life hence applying the right principle or adopting the right paradigm would give us more advantage towards achieving the desired results. This leads us to the central idea in the first part of the audio book, ‘Paradigms and Principles’. These and the other three parts of the audio book would be discussed later on this Blog.
The seven habits of highly effective people as discussed fully in the book are; Habit 1. Be Proactive (Principles of Personal Visio), Habit 2. Begin with the end in mind, Habit 3. Put first things first, Habit 4. Think win-win (Principles of Interpersonal Leadership), Habit 5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood, Habit 6. Synergize and the final habit, Habit 7. Sharpen the Saw (Principle of Balanced self-renewal).
In my next post watchout for the review of the part, Paradigms and Principles and the concept of Inside Out.


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