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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Publishing Year: 1989
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Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, continues to be a best-seller 31 years after it was first published, because of the timeless quality of his psychology. His investment in long term success is what makes his theory eternal against the passage of time.

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Lesson 1: Introduction

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Lesson 1. Introduction.

In his book, Covey gives a list of 7 healthy, long-term habits one must adopt in order to succeed in all the four spheres of the mental, spiritual, physical and social. His theories are simple and yet at the same time, highly effective. 

Our habits not only determine the kind of people we are but also our successes and our failures. In his 1989 self-care book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey helps us to develop those habits that will help us effectively attain our goals towards a more successful life. There are no short-cuts to a long-lasting success and to truly better our character, we need to be driven by habits based on better work-ethics. While most people focus on outward success, Covey lays stress on the importance of inner development and sustained healthy relationships with other people.

Through an analysis of 200 years of literature on the concept of ‘success’, Covey identifies a very important shift in the traits that are associated with the term post 1920. Before 1920, success has been associated with character ethics such as patience, bravery, integrity and fidelity while after 1920, it has come to be associated with personality ethics such as public image, behavioral traits and attitude. This shift in paradigm requires us to change ourselves fundamentally and not just on the surface level. Therefore, in order to be truly successful, we need to better ourselves internally and not just externally.

The first step towards reaching that goal is to develop independence. Covey gives us a list of 3 healthy habits that will help us towards achieving that goal in the next lessons.

 

 

Lesson 2: Habit 1: Be Proactive

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Lesson 2. Habit 1. Be Proactive.

To be proactive means to be able to respond to external stimuli in a desirable manner. What differentiates us from animals is our unique ability of self-awareness through which we can not only assess a situation but also proactively influence it in our favor. Reactive people can only passively react to their surroundings while proactive people take charge of their own situation and strive to make it better for themselves. 

Since Reactive people blame others for their own condition, they can often be heard saying things like “it is out of my hands” or “there is nothing that I could have done” while proactive people take responsibility for and control of their situation and can be heard saying things like

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Stephen Richards Covey was the author of the best-selling book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”. Other books he wrote include “First Things First”, “Principle-Centered Leadership”, and “The Seven Habit...

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Chapter List
  • Lesson 1: Introduction
  • Lesson 2: Habit 1: Be Proactive
  • Lesson 3: Habit 2: Begin With End In Mind 
  • Lesson 4. First things first. 
  • Lesson 5: Habit 4: Think win-win
  • Lesson 6: Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood
  • Lesson 7: Habit 6: Synergize
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In the summary of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People book, there are 7 key lessons. These lessons include:

  1. Lesson 1: Introduction
  2. Lesson 2: Habit 1: Be Proactive
  3. Lesson 3: Habit 2: Begin With End In Mind 
  4. Lesson 4. First things first. 
  5. Lesson 5: Habit 4: Think win-win
  6. Lesson 6: Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood
  7. Lesson 7: Habit 6: Synergize

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey was published in 1989.

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