The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Author: Stephen R. Covey
Publication: 1989, 2004
Genre: Non-fiction, Self-help
Reviews: 4 ½ stars on Amazon
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a self-help book that was originally targeted at business individuals, but it grew into more. The guidance in the book can easily and effectively be used by ALL individuals to lead a better well rounded life by applying The 7 Habits inside and outside of work. This book has individuals realize that if you want to have significant change in your life, you need to look at your own personal ‘paradigms’. Once we have identified our own personal paradigms, we need to start to work on having a ‘paradigm shift.’ This shift will really start to take off when we start to incorporate The 7 Habits into our life.
The 7 Habits are broken down in the book in parts. Habits one through three are discussed in the ‘Private Victory’ part. Habits four through six are in the ‘Public Victory’ and Habit 7 is by its self in the ‘Renewal’ section. Private victory deals with the habits that we must work on within ourselves, privately. From there we can work on the habits that complete the public victory. But, we can’t effectively move on to public victory before we have really become efficient and effective with our own private victory. Once the two victories are being instilled in our life, we can go on to sharpening our skills with constant renewal.
The 7 Habits has you as an person take a look at yourself and how you perceive the world and the way things happen around you. A huge point that is made in the book is that how we perceive things is just that, how we perceive it. That doesn’t mean that this is the way it really is. In fact, The 7 Habits points out that a lot of people’s problem is the way that the see the problem, not the problem itself (deep stuff). If we want to be able to fix or work through problems, we need to look at ourselves FIRST.
Why You Might Like It:
If you like Self-Help books, this book is definitely for you. If you feel like you are stuck and not seeing growth within yourself and within the relationships that you have in life, whether it be at work or your family relationships, this book is for you. If you are having a hard time making compromises and reaching collective decisions with others, you can certainly benefit from this book.
My Overall View:
I first learned about this book due to the fact the teenage version was given to me to read and apply some points with my students in regards to counseling. I was really impressed with the delivery and the message in the book, not only as a school counselor, but I appreciated it as a mom. I instantly wished that I could have read that version when I was a teenager myself. Then, I found out that there was a version for adults and so I started doing a little research into the book. I instantly realized that the adult version was several years old. I wondered if the book was going to be relatable to what I or anybody for that matter has going on in today’s world. Boy, was I wrong. I instantly fell in love with this book. This book is not a one time hitter quitter. To really get a good understanding of the habits themselves, you will probably have to read more than once, maybe even several times for reminders.
If you are trying to be a better person and trying to see life in general in a new and different way, this book is the one for you. To me, this book should be on the top of the Self-Help list for must have books to read.