7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

7 Habits… start inside out. Start with self first: even more fundamentally, start with the most inside part of self – your paradigms, your character, your motives.

This is just one of my favorite lines in Stephen Covey’s book. It’s really a very good book, full of wonderful insights and wisdom from the author on how to improve one’s effectiveness not only in the workplace but also with life in general. I highly recommend reading and re-reading the book. =)

Here are some of my favorite insights:

  • Perhaps a sense of possessing needs to come before a sense of genuine sharing.
  • Many people who give mechanically or refuse to give and share in their marriages and families may never have experienced what it means to possess themselves, their own sense of identity and self worth.
  • If you want to have more freedom, more latitude in your job, be a more responsible, a more helpful, and more contributing employee.
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. (Aristotle)
  • Our character, is basically, a composite of our habits. Sow a thought, reap an action. Sow an action, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny.
  • “Lift off” takes a tremendous effort, but once we break out of the gravity pull, our freedom takes on a whole new dimension. [Nice thought on letting go, 😉 ]
  • Breaking from old paradigms can be a painful process. A change that has to be motivated by the willingness to subordinate what you think you want now for what you want later. Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually.
  • Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
  • Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
  • Real success is success with self. It’s not having things, but in having mastery, having victory over self.

I want to remind myself of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey:

  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 be Understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the Saw

Read it and learn to be effective. =)

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