The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in , is a business and self-help book written by Stephen Covey. Covey presents an approach to. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey is a self- improvement book. It is written on Covey's belief that the way we see the. Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, continues to be a best seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology.
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the beloved classic that has sold over 20 The book presents a principle-centered approach for solving personal and. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. When Stephen Covey first released The Se. Stephen Covey died last week. He pioneered the business self-help genre with the publication of his mega-hit book "The Seven Habits of.
He says the Habits are based on "Correct Principles" aka Natural Law found in Judeo-Christian scriptures and common This book explains 7 principles that make a person more effective personally and professionally. He says the Habits are based on "Correct Principles" aka Natural Law found in Judeo-Christian scriptures and common to major religions. You must stay healthy and renew yourself see Habit 7 or you'll get burned out and become ineffective.
He uses the fable of the Goose and the Golden Egg as a metaphor. Interdependence: Covey says the Habits lead you from dependence to independence to interdependence cooperating with others to achieve a common goal; producing things greater than the sum of their parts. Between stimulus and response lies your freedom to choose. Take responsibility for your actions. Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind Choose your short-term, daily behavior according to the plan you have for your entire life.
Think about the legacy you want to leave. Put things in perspective; what would you want people to say at your funeral? Weekly planning gives a better big-picture perspective of your goals, and allows for the flexibility to deal with the things that will inevitably come up.
People are more important than things, so plan your time accordingly. Be efficient with things, but effective with people. You can't be efficient with relationships; they take time. I was still quite jaded when I approached this book and some people might roll their eyes at certain chapters like I did, but to be honest I think everyone can take away something important from reading the text.
In my case, a certain chapter which was marked really made the whole world make sense to me.
It e Just found out that his father has died and reminded that I had read this book as a very troubled teen. It explained the "circles of control". There are certain things, people, events that you have absolutely no control over. Awful horrible things can happen to you and to the ones you care about, but sometimes just realizing the limits of what you directly have control over verus what you can't control helps immensely.
It doesn't give you the excuse to shift the blame to others, but lifts quite a few burdens off your shoulders. It gives hope that situations change and that being young and having certain decisions made for you isn't a permanent thing.
You get older and the areas you have free reign over in your life expand. There's no need to take drastic measures. Maybe a bit too personal a review, but it helped me.
It made me finally feel like I could be in control of my life at a time when all I wanted was to make it all go away. Oct 17, Kelly rated it did not like it. I cannot say that this book was of any benefit to me. It seemed as if throughout the entire book, all the author did was preach rather than give any real advice. He unrealistically tried to make common teen problems seem less dire than they really are.
I did not feel that the author was qualified to give advice to teenagers that are going through things such as family problems, depression and financial struggles because, based on what he wrote about himself, he didn't seem to go through any of t I cannot say that this book was of any benefit to me. I did not feel that the author was qualified to give advice to teenagers that are going through things such as family problems, depression and financial struggles because, based on what he wrote about himself, he didn't seem to go through any of this.
Telling teenagers not to smoke, drink, have sex or look at porn isn't going to stop them from doing so. I didn't like the way he pushed his beliefs regarding abstinence until marriage and such, either. Let people make up their own mind. I think I'll stick to believing in my own values, thanks. Apr 01, Josh Stoll rated it it was ok. This book At times, the author suggests overly saccharine and simplistic solutions to problems that are often more complicated.
At others, the author seems to have a keen grasp of subject matter, and provides really good tips and in-depth study of problem areas for teens. At yet others, the author oversimplifies teens into roles that are often confined to three or four simplistic categories.
Some of his advice seems like common sense-- if the teen isn't already practicing the This book Some of his advice seems like common sense-- if the teen isn't already practicing the advice, they're not going to start because a book suggested it.
I also don't know where all the "amusing content" was, aside from a few cartoons and attempts at aping adolescent slang. Overall, the book comes off as a proxy for that kind of creepy teacher who tries to act young to get on a kid's good side.
It's certainly well-intentioned, and has some good ideas, but I find it a little too simplistic and pandering. Maybe that's just looking from my jaded old man lens. A series of diagnostic and restorative sections are strung together and touch on such topics as self-esteem, body image, work ethic, and so on. Not much more to say.
One single author, who speaks from a place of I'm assuming experience and understanding. He is friendly, attempts to be engaging, and seems to know what he's talking about. Key issue: Self-esteem, work ethic, time management, peer pressure, parental relations Other interesting information: I honestly think that a good young adult novel could accomplish the exact same thing as this book, only in a more interactive, discussion format with the class.
View 2 comments. Sep 22, Beautiful Oblivion rated it did not like it. This book was torture. I spent my whole summer reading this book along with my other classmates who might feel the same.
It was just Okay, I think the majority of the world's teens will not read this. Maybe adults, but not teens. This is the 21st century people, teens don't want a book telling them how to manage their lives. If they can't even listen to their parents what makes you think they'll listen to a book?
The majority don't even like reading. I'm already seeing this, they rathe This book was torture. I'm already seeing this, they rather go home, eat, listen to music, socialize online all day, and sleep. The more the years progress, I think teens will just do whatever they want since parents will start being from this generation.
I was basically forced to read this for my summer homework. In the middle of this book I just can not read it anymore. I just wanted to put it aside and read another book that actually interests me. But unfortuantly, I had to read all of it!
Apr 13, Shannon rated it did not like it. I listened to the audiotape on my way to Chicago, and I nearly drove off the road. On purpose. Covey merely restates everything our mothers taught us: The content was simplistic, redundant, and cheesy.
While the 7 habits are nice ideas and good goals to strive for, they're common sense. And there's something about the way Covey delivers his material that makes me cringe. He's overly simplistic an I listened to the audiotape on my way to Chicago, and I nearly drove off the road. He's overly simplistic and sugarcoats his advice, hardly acknowledging the difficult and emotional situations in which teens often find themselves. His ideas sound nice, but he's not realistic enough to be effective.
I wouldn't expect teens to be overly impressed with this book.
I know I wasn't. Feb 05, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is possibly the best book I have ever read. It has amazing principle for living the effective life, and whenever I read it, I feel like all that Sean talks about is within reach, is achievable. I absolutely love the cartoons of gangly teens that riddle the book, illustrating what's being discussed.
Sean's style of writing in this book is so hilarious, and it makes an enjoyable read. It's not just some self-help book that preaches at you on how to change, but more of a journey to greatness. T This is possibly the best book I have ever read. The book is full of other people's stories, and this helps in making it intriguing and easy reading. When I first discovered the book, It only took a few pages before I was totally hooked.
Whenever I read it or a section of it, I feel motivated to do something awesome. View 1 comment.
Sep 10, Julian rated it really liked it Shelves: The first couple of Habits were really helpful and I guess you could say "touching" in some occasions, but that didn't save this book from its downfall. Nearing the end, this book became a little preachy and less of an "advisory" sort of thing. And this is not meant to take away from those who found this book very helpful, but I thou 3.
And this is not meant to take away from those who found this book very helpful, but I thought that a lot of these habits were very surface level and I wish the author would have touched upon some of them a little more. Another thing that bothered me personally was the way the author viewed some situations, but it wasn't that much of a big deal and I could see where he was coming from. Overall, this was a very helpful book and I found it very helpful in some aspects, and I will try to implement some of the things I learned into my day to day.
If you are a teen or even someone in their late teen years, I feel like this book could very well help out a lot of people. He pioneered the business self-help genre with the publication of his mega-hit book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. That scared me because I used to love that little book. I must have read it 4 or 5 times and tried to habitualize all of the skills. I went to Wikipedia to look up the 7 habits which are here.
Then, I got a little disappointed. Some of them weren't as great as I remember Habit 6: Synergize - combie the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone. Get the best perormance out of agroup of people through encouraging meaningful contribution and modeling inspirational and supportive leadership.
If I had to boil all these habits down to two, they'd be: 1 Do something. Just stop sitting around and take action. Every minute you're sitting around checking Facebook , you're not taking action getting you closer to you dreams and 2 Plan what you're taking action about. Don't just take action willy-nilly.
Actually have a plan. Think things through. Do one thing in the right order before you need to do the next thing in order to get where you want to go. That's it. Covey built a billion dollar empire based on those two kernels of knowledge. But I guarantee you, two months from now, if you meet me on the street and ask, I'll probably have to confess that I've forgotten those two keys to success.
So, I sat back and realized that there was one thing I remembered from reading that book 23 years ago, which really has stayed with me through my career and has been of immeasurable help to me.
It's not even a habit. It's a two-by-two matrix used to help remind you to plan things out before you take action. Here it is: Time management matrix as described in Merrill and Covey book "First Things First," showing "quadrant two" items that are important but not urgent and so require greater attention for effective time management Photo credit: Wikipedia If you remember one thing, and one thing only, about the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People book, here it is: At the start of every week, write a two-by-two matrix on a blank sheet of paper where one side of the matrix says "urgent" and "not urgent" and the other side of the matrix says "important" and "not important.
Let's think of each quadrant: Quadrant 1: Urgent-Important.
These are the most pressing of tasks we'll likely get to this week. These are the crises that erupt. The most pressing meetings or deadlines fall into this category. When we do fire-fighting, it's all relating to stuff in this quadrant.