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FREE BOOK Þ The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People ⛅ When Stephen Covey First Released The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People, The Book Became An Instant Rage Because People Suddenly Got Up And Took Notice That Their Lives Were Headed Off In The Wrong Direction And Than That, They Realized That There Were So Many Simple Things They Could Do In Order To Navigate Their Life Correctly This Book Was Wonderful Education For People, Education In How To Live Life Effectively And Get Closer To The Ideal Of Being A Success In LifeBut Not Everyone Understands Stephen Covey S Model Fully Well, Or Maybe There Are Some People Who Haven T Read It Yet This Is Definitely True Because We Still See So Much Failure All Around Us Now, I Am Not Saying That By Using Covey S Model, Or Anyone Else S Model For That Matter, You Can Become A Sure Shot Success, But At Least We Should Have Seen Many Successes Around Us Already Judging By The Number Of Copies The Book Has Sold So, Where Is The Shortcoming There Are Two Main Problems Here, And We Are Talking Only About The People Who Have Read The Book Already The First Problem Is That Most People Are Too Lazy To Implement The Ideals Of Stephen Covey In Their Lives They Consider His Masterpiece Of A Book As A Mere Coffee Table Book Or A Book That You Use For Light Reading When You Are Traveling And Then Forget All About It They Do Not Realize That This Book Contains Life Changing Information Or, They Take The Information And Do Not Make The Effort To Actually Utilize It So That It Becomes Knowledge For ThemThe Second Problem Is That A Lot Of People Have A Myopic View Of Covey S Ideals These Are People Who Are Impressed By The Book Already If You Ask Them What The Seven Habits Are, They Can Rattle Them Off End To End, But Then They Miss The Larger Picture They Do Not Understand That Covey Was Trying To Tell Than He Wrote In Words There Are Hidden Implications In This Book, Yes, And A Lot Of People Have Just Failed To See Through ThemThat Is What We Are Trying To Do We Are Trying To Show You How Covey S Book, Or Rather, His Model, Was A Complete Model In Itself There Was Nothing Amiss About It If You Implement It, There Should Be No Aspect Of Your Life That Should Go Untouched The Only Thing Is That You Have To Understand These Ideals And Try To Implement Them In Your LifeBut, Before We Barge Into That Area, It Is Extremely Important To Understand What These Ideals Are What Was The Model That Was Propounded By Stephen Covey In His Mega Famous Book We Shall Begin By Trying To Understand His Model First, And Then Interpret It In Such A Way That It Pertains To Every Aspect Of Our Life easy to read but hard to do D hahahah I would like to make clear that David Hasselhoff s appearance in this review should in no way be deemed to imply that I endorse or support his career in any way whatsoever.Thank you for your understanding. FIVE PRACTICAL HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLEFirst, a few comments on the seven so called habits identified in the book, namely 1.Be proactive, 2.Begin with the End in Mind, 3 Put First Things First, 4 Think Win Win, 5 Seek First to Understand, then to be understood, 6 Synergize, and7 Sharpen the SawIn a word..crap In several words, what a giant, steaming pile of new age, masturbatory, corp lingo, platitude spewing bullshit Think Win Win are you kidding me with this Jim Jones Kool aid party chant Synergize.just hearing that word makes me throw up in my mouth Sharpen the saw.exactly reading that phrase makes me literally want to sharpen the saw and slice a hate filled path through the contents of this book This book is like a giant fortune cookie full of sounds good but says nothing My advice rather than read this book, go get a six pack or a bottle of wine, grab some China Mieville or Dan Simmons and find a nice comfy tree to sit under while you read something that might actually expand your mind Now I certainly don t have any foolproof answers or magic exercises that will help you bring out the inner winner inside you However, I did come up five pracical and hopefully a little humorous habits that have proven to be pretty effective at making people successful in their chosen field tongue planted firmly in cheek 1 EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICAL SCIENCE TO BECOME THE BEST YOU CAN BE 2 BE BOLD, BE DARING AND DELIVER TO THE MARKETPLACE THE NEXT BIG THING 3 DON T BE AFRAID TO USE THE FORCE TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOAL 4 GET IN GOOD WITH THE GERMANS 5 BE RUTHLESS PROACTIVE IN DEALING WITH THE COMPETITION THE END.. This book explains 7 principles that make a person effective personally and professionally Covey shows how a principle centered, character based life helps you build the healthy relationships that are key to an effective life This classic is well worth reading for its perspective and practical advice.ConceptsCorrect Principles Covey frequently references his Christianity He says the Habits are based on Correct Principles aka Natural Law found in Judeo Christian scriptures and common to major religions.P PC Balance Covey says you must maintain a balance between production P your output and production capability PC your ability to produce 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.The 7 HabitsHabit 1 Be ProactiveYou choose how to respond to what life throws at you 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 Habit 3 Put First Things FirstDaily planning is too narrow and short sighted 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 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 Instead of focusing on things and time, focus on relationships and results.Only spend time on things that align with your deep values Don t waste time on other things, even if it means saying no to requests Don t prioritize your schedule schedule your priorities.Think of tasks in terms of urgency and importance Focus on the important, even though they seem less urgent Think preventatively to keep tasks from ever becoming urgent.Use stewardship delegation instead of gofer delegation teach a person to be the steward of the task you assign to them, rather than constantly telling them to go for this or go for that.Habit 4 Think Win WinMost of life requires cooperation, not competition Work together with co workers, friends, and family for mutual benefit Approach everything in terms of win win or no deal if you can t reach a deal in which both parties feel they re winning, don t make a deal at all Create win win agreements that clearly state expectations, privileges, consequences up front This prevents you from having to figure those things out when issues arise, and makes the relationship smooth because it causes each person to manage themselves.Think in terms of the Abundance Mentality rather than the Scarcity Mentality The quest for recognition, credit, power, and profit isn t a zero sum game Be happy when others succeed.Habit 5 Seek First to Understand, Then to be UnderstoodListen with the intent to understand, not to reply Diagnose before you prescribe Understand needs, concerns, situation before you give advice.To understand others, listen with empathy To be understood, present your views according to ethos personal credibilitypathos emotional alignment with the other personlogos logical reasoningYou can t motivate people by appealing to satisfied needs money, status, etc only unsatisfied needs motivate.Habit 6 Synergize.Value the differences in relationships Oneness is not sameness, it s complementariness Unity is not uniformity.Habit 7 Sharpen the SawRenew and improve in yourself in the following categories, by spending at least an hour each day Physical Eat right and exercise Spiritual Find and carry an inner peace Meditate, read scripture, or spend time in nature Mental Read good literature to gain the insights of others Write, organize, and plan Social emotional Understand others Serve others, at work or through volunteering.AfterwardCovey says a summary of the first 3 Habits is make and keep a promise, and a summary of the next 3 Habits is involve others in the problem and work out the solution together He says the first 3 Habits are about integrity, and the next 3 are about loyalty. Ever since I worked at the bookstore at Virginia Tech, I would watch the douchebag business major undergrads buy this book for their classes and look down upon them, and the book by association, as, well, douchebags This is not to say that all undergrad business majors are douchebags I ve met one really really awesome one Additionally, after working at a major university bookstore, a majority of all undergrad students can be fairly classified as douchebags Jebus.Consequently, I never picked up this book I hated the people who were reading it for class I hated the people who were assigning it for their classes I hated my job and I hated the area that I was living in I was, yes indeedy, a hater Obviously it wasn t the right time for me to read it.My current boss who is only occasionally a douchebag is doing this huge self help life plan program, and from it, there is a major reading list As I am a wee bit addicted to books, I immediately agreed, and when I started searching on for the reading list, 7 Habits appeared on pretty much every single page So I picked that one up too.Excellent decision I chose to read it first It has taken me, probably three weeks to read it I have ordered with my boss blessing The 8th Habit and will read that shortly.Every single page I found something that made me put the book down for a couple of minutes and think about it I already know that I m going to have to re read this at some point in the near future I would say this is required reading for humanity, but my father would have been the exception to that rule.Basically, this book will teach you about effective ways to be a compassionate, kind, enjoyable human being It will teach you about personal responsibility personal as in to your self, and to others It will teach you how to be a better parent, employee, spouse, daughter, or boss I can t give it enough praise It is a truly outstanding book.