The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change Paperback – Special Edition, 19 November 2013
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- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781451639612
- ISBN-13 : 978-1451639612
- ASIN : 1451639619
- Language: : English
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M. Scott Peck author of "The Road Less Traveled" The 7 Habits have the gift of being simple without being simplistic.
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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.
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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.