The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Updated: Feb 14
As I finished reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey, I realized that, in fact, I've only just begun to read it.
My first pass through it included underlining plenty of words and taking some notes. My next pass through it will take a little bit longer.
The message within is powerful. I don't plan on reading it again solely because I want to, I'm going to read it again because the book deserves a more careful and deliberate study.
Covey's message of principle centered leadership cuts right to the core of who I want to be as a leader, not only in my work, but also in my family and beyond. It is clear that Covey was a family man who cared deeply about his wife and children, which is undoubtedly one of the biggest reasons I enjoyed reading the book.
I want to truly understand the message on a deeper level so that I can apply it appropriately and effectively in my own life.
There are hundreds of quotable sentences within the pages of the book, too many to choose a favorite, so I'll share my favorite epigraph from the chapter about Habit 7:
Sometimes when I consider what tremendous
consequences come from little things...
I am tempted to think...
there are no little things...
This book was not what I expected. It is much much more.
Real change begins inside of you.
You have the power.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a good place to start.
The 7 Habits:
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win/Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
For my take on some of the other things I've read checkout Book Recommendations