The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
by Stephen R. Covey | Free Press © 2004 · 384 pages

This classic has sold 15 million copies and was the first self-development book I read back in the day (1995 to be precise). In this Note, we'll take a quick look at all 7 Habits—from being proactive (huge!) to beginning with the end in mind, putting first things first, thinking win/win, seeking first to understand, synergizing and sharpening the saw. Lots of goodness here to help us develop our character to create our ideal lives as we most fully give ourselves to the world.

“I believe that a life of integrity is the most fundamental source of personal worth. I do not agree with the popular success literature that says that self-esteem is primarily a matter of mind set, of attitude—that you can psych yourself into peace of mind. Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way.”

~ Stephen R. Covey from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

There’s a reason The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century and over 15 million (!!!) copies have been sold: It’s a powerful book.

If you haven’t read this book yet, I think you’ll dig it. If it’s been a while since you read it, it may be time for a re-read! In this Note, we’re going to take a quick look at each of the 7 Habits and help you make a “paradigm” shift into living your greatest life.

Let’s start by recognizing the fact that, as Covey advises: “Private Victory precedes Public Victory. Algebra comes before calculus.” PRIVATE victory comes BEFORE public victory. Simply: If we want all the joys of outward success, first we must master ourselves. Let’s not start by chasing outward success. Let the public acclaim flow OUT OF our own self-mastery. And may this Note be a part of the next step in your self-mastery!

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Stephen R. Covey

Author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, legendary author & teacher