The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change Paperback – Special Edition, November 19, 2013
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
This twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Stephen Covey’s cherished classic commemorates the timeless wisdom of the 7 Habits.
One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations.
About the Author: Stephen R. Covey
Recognized as one of Time magazine’s twenty-five most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey (1932–2012) was an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author. His books have sold more than twenty-five million copies in thirty-eight languages. After receiving an MBA from Harvard and a doctorate degree from Brigham Young University, he became the co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, a global training firm.
“Covey’s masterpiece, if it hasn’t changed the world, has influenced millions of readers who can and will make our planet more peaceful and prosperous and prepared and purposeful.” -- Warren Bennis, author of On Becoming a Leader and Still Surprised
“Happily, this book has advised and encouraged us for 25 years. Now, I encourage us to be loyal and supportive for another 25 years.” -- Maya Angelou
“The 7 Habits encompasses timeless principles that can help guide any company toward success.” -- Tony Hsieh, New York times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.
“The 7 Habits has guided many of us on our journey through the world of business. Simple but incredibly effective. A great guide for any aspiring leader!” -- Meg Whitman, CEO of HP
“No person lasts forever, but books and ideas can endure. Stephen R. Covey’s life is done, but his work is not. It continues, right here in this book as alive today as when first written.” -- Jim Collins
“Twenty-five years after it first appeared, the wisdom of The 7 Habits is more relevant than ever. On an individual level, people are burning out, and on a collective level we are burning up the planet. So Dr. Covey’s emphasis on self-renewal and his understanding that leadership and creativity require us to tap into our own physical, mental, and spiritual resources are exactly what we need now.” -- Arianna Huffington
“Fundamentals are the key to success. Stephen Covey is a master of them. Buy his book, but most important, use it!” -- Anthony Robbins, author of Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within
“As the seminal work of Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has influenced millions around the world to be their best selves at work and at home. It stands the test of time as one of the most important books of our time.” -- Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo
“With all the responsibilities and demands of time, travel, work, and families placed upon us in today’s competitive world, it’s a pig plus to have Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to refer to.” -- Marie Osmond, author of The Key is Love: My Mother’s Wisdom, A Daughter’s Gratitude
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The first Habit is Pro-activity. In the section, Covey creates a basic schema to outline how to target your energies based upon your Sphere of Influence (What you can control), and your Sphere of Concern (What you can't control but are aware of). A core of the discussion is that we need to focus our energies on changing things within our Sphere of Influence and to learn to deal with the things in our Sphere of Concern because we do not have direct power to change or impact them.
This is a very WASPy philosophy and echoes the Serenity Prayer that we all know:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
And the general concept is embedded in American Christianity: The idea that we should impact what we can touch and to trust God to take care of the rest.
Every leader in Western culture in the last 30 years has either read and studied this book, or been guided by people who have (This is not a theory, this is a fact). And really, it's great advice when it comes to navigating your various lanes, tasks, and duties in a military or corporate organizational environment.
But, look at it from another angle:
Every leader in modern western culture (The WASPy ones especially since Covey and modern Christianity are philosophically symbiotic) is focused on changing the things that are under their direct control. We leave the things outside of our control to others or to faith.
What happens when the problem is increased global temperatures? What happens when it's large portions of the population who do not have access to adequate healthcare, food, or housing? What happens when it's desperate immigrant families locked up without due process?
The vast majority of our corporate and financial leadership was raised on Covey. They are trained, conditioned, and rewarded for focusing on things within their own Sphere of Influence and do not believe they should even try to impact these things that are so huge that they are not in ANY ONE PERSON's SPHERE OF INFLUENCE!
And so, those who have the power do nothing, because Covey told them to.
There is a lot of practical stuff in here, too. Challenges for you. Ways you can start to shift your thinking by taking an emotional inventory of your life and what you're doing/feeling every day. Just writing about it makes me want to go back and read it again. If you're here looking for a book that will help you harness that little spark inside of you that's saying, "You can be better" then this book is it. You're not an animal. Life doesn't condition you like a dog. This book is about the untouchable part of your human spirit that no one besides you controls. This book is about carrying sunny weather with you where ever you go, learning how much a proactive attitude benefits you, and really how sad and wasteful it is to walk through life allowing things to ruin your day. Things don't ruin your day. YOU ruin your day. You are always in control.
Seriously, read this book. You won't regret it.
Top international reviews
I think the title is somewhat misleading. "7 Habits" is not about actual habits of effective people, it will not tell you do this and do that and you will be effective, like "wake up early and start your day with meditation", claiming that it will make you effective.
Instead this book will tell about paradigms, principles and mindsets that would make you an effective person. These are deeper than actual actions or habits, that is what drives them.
Although some ideas in the book may sound too idealistic, there is still plenty of ideas to absorb and actionable items to start doing right now.
I will definitely read it again.
This book is a tool and a guideline for self mastery. Dr. Covey shared personal experiences are worth it alone. Immense value and interesting to read.
A manera de resumen, los 7 hábitos que menciona son:
1. Tú tienes control de la mayoría de los aspectos de tu vida. De aquellos en los que no tienes el control, tienes de dos sopas. O lo aceptas, o lo cambias. Si lo cambias, entonces necesitas estar bien tú para poder hacerlo.
2. Siempre que hagas algo, hay que tener en mente cuál es el objetivo último de tu vida (qué es lo que quieres que digan las personas que te importan cuando hayas trascendido este mundo). Si eso que haces va acorde con ese objetivo, adelante, de lo contrario, replantea si es necesario hacerlo.
3. Como prioridad, realiza las actividades que vayan con el objetivo del punto anterior. Y realízalas antes de que estas se vuelvan urgentes.
4. Siempre que exista un conflicto/situación que involucre a alguien más, intentar ir con una mentalidad en la que ambas partes ganen. Al final, es lo mejor.
5. Escucha (no oye) la versión de otras personas antes de tomar una decisión en las que estén involucradas.
6. Reconoce las habilidades y virtudes de otras personas al trabajar en equipo para resolver un problema común.
7. Tienes que estar bien tú para ayudar a los demás. Para lograrlo, realiza actividades saludables que realmente te alimenten como persona.
El libro además aporta tanto experiencias del autor como reflexiones que ilustran y expanden los hábitos antes mencionados.
Definitivamente recomiendo este libro a personas que requieren motivación, buscan un cambio para bien en sus vidas o simplemente algo que alimente la mente.
I wish I would have gotten my hands on it earlier in life but I'm happy to have read it now as well.
The book might perhaps go too much into details and stories that are not that interesting but it really makes you think about how you approach things and makes you realize where you are losing valuable time and what you can do to do it better and live a better life.
Os ensinamentos são que nem as leis da física: pode aplicá-los onde e quando quiser que dará certo, do mesmo jeito que negá-los não os tornará inválidos!
Vale muito a leitura!
If you have time for only one self-help book to read, make this the one. The seven habits can be implemented by anyone in any walk of life and will make a guaranteed positive difference!