THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE
January book review:
The 7 habits of highly effective people, by Stephen R. Covey.
There is a reason why this book has become such an icon within the field of business and personal development.
I usually say: The better person I become, the better business person I become. This is because the two are closely related. Business usually involves people and dealing with people, and thereof being good at just that. Also, above anything, it involves you being the best version of yourself, being disciplined, persistent and believing in yourself. About the book:
I just finished reading this book for the second time and I love how much great insights are available in it. It is a long book for sure and it takes some time to get through it and it also takes you being present and focused in order to get the most of the book. There are a few exercises that are brought up, that you could do (which I would recommend). I also recommend taking notes of the most important points to you and follow up on them to make positive changes in your life.
All the important pointers in the book are usually backed by great storytelling which allows you to really understand the subjects and get some good associative hooks for them. I recommend reading through the entire book the first time. However, since the book is divided into 7 parts with the 7 habits, you can always go back to which ever habit you would like, to listen again.
The book starts off with a good introduction and overview, and I really like the part about paradigms, which is a great eye-opener. Here are the 7 habits in order:
- Be proactive
- Begin with the end in mind
- Put first things first
- Think win win
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood
- Sharpen the saw
This is not an easy-fix book, but a deep dive into wisdom. It is for he ones who would like to spend some time becoming the best versions of themselves and to learn from the wise.
If or when you’ve read it, let me know your thoughts on it!
Here is how I read my books:
I don’t actually have the time to sit down and read so much, so I usually buy my books at Audible.com and listen to them on my Audible APP. I love to educate myself and learn new things and this way I can be most effective with my time. I usually listen to my Audio books while I walk my dog or in my car when I commute to and from work and other places. The app has many good features, such as a good overview of the chapters in the book where you can scroll back and forth and a clip feature that allows you to bookmark any place in the book (and add a note if needed) so you can go back and listen at any time.