Book Review: "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People"

What's my rating for "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People"?

I gave the book a 5 out of 5 Rockstar rating.

In attempting to give myself a refresher on The Seven Habits by leafing through the book, I easily let myself get sucked back into reading the whole book…for a third time.

Why was it so easy? It’s the book! It’s ALL GOOD! That (repeat) experience reinforced for me why I keep it in my library. I feel the author is genuine in his wish to help us achieve personal fulfillment, with an expectation that it will result in our doing the same for others.

Anytime we think the problem is ‘out there,’ that thought is the problem.
— Stephen Covey, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People", p. 89.

The book is better than I remember. I think the reason for this is that some of the insights are so logical and self-evident that it can influence our thinking without our realizing the source of the change.

This is a book that, if followed even in limited fashion, can be truly transformative. I like to think of it as degrees of increasing commitment, with commitment building one habit at a time, as opposed to an all-or-nothing proposition. That’s why I highly recommend it as a long-term resource, especially given it touches on so many aspects of life that it can easily act as a substitute for more extensive reading.

The Seven Habits he suggests we should develop are as follows:

  1. Be proactive (work on ourselves first)
  2. Begin with the end in mind (vision)
  3. Put first things first (prioritization)
  4. Think win/win
  5. Seek first to understand, then be understood
  6. Synergize (better together)
  7. Sharpen the saw (the importance of renewal)

To find out more about the book and my thoughts about it, read my full review here.

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