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Book Review: “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” By Stephen R. Covey

Posted September 7, 2017

During our road trip, Steve and I listened to numerous audio books. Here is a review of one of them that we discussed and learned from. The audio book was abridged and I’m sure it differs from the 300+ page book that Steve has on his reading list. In summary, the seven habits are:

  1. Be proactive. Take responsibility.
  2. Begin with the end in mind. Have a clearly defined purpose and values.
  3. Put first things first. Live by your purpose. Be proactive.
  4. Think win / win for everyone. Live with mutual respect and benefit.
  5. Seek first to understand and then be understood. Find mutual understanding and empathic communication.
  6. Synergize. Find creative cooperation and fill up your emotional bank account.
  7. Balanced self-renewal and continual improvement. 

Personally, I liked how he prioritized health, followed by family and then work. Since returning to Guelph, I have already applied his principle of identifying what is important and not being side-tracked by what others think is urgent.
What I found even more powerful was the audio on “Living the 7 Habits: Stories of Courage and Inspiration” by Stephen R. Covey. With real-life examples, I felt the emotional connection to people who have applied these techniques in their lives. Recommended listening material for your next road trip or your daily commute.