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The 7-habits-of-highly-effective-people (summary)

  1. 1. To download more books – visit www.readtowake.com – the home of best-selling book summaries
  2. 2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a #1 National Bestseller book on personaldevelopment, written by Stephen R. Covey. It has sold more than 15 million copies since itsfirst publication in 1989.In this book Covey describes seven habits of successful people. Habits are the activities thatwe repeatedly do in the same manner, day after day. Our character is a composite of ourhabits. If you want to become successful, you need to adopt these seven habits.The author says that whatever your present situation is, you are not your habits. You canreplace old destructive habits with new habits of effectiveness, happiness and trust-basedrelationship. There are many honest people in this world like you who are willing to changethe destructive habits. You just need to examine and find out your bad habits to replace themwith these seven habits.The seven habits described in this book are based on natural laws and if you adopt them,they will surely bring the maximum long-term beneficial results for you.People perceive the world differently. We all have our own paradigm and we see thingsaccording to our paradigms. Look at the picture on the right side, some people would saythat it is a picture of an old lady while others see a beautiful lady in this picture.If you want to change your life, you must first change the way you look at the things, youshould focus on improving your personal attitude and behavior.To download more books – visit www.readtowake.com – the home of best-selling book summaries
  3. 3. After describing the importance of attitude and behavior, the author reveals the seven mosteffective habits that are following:1. Be Proactive2. Begin with the End in Mind3. Put First Thing First4. Think Win-Win5. Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood6. Synergize7. Sharpen your Saw1. Be ProactiveThe most important things that the humans have is their ability to think. Animals do not havethis ability. Only humans have the freedom to choose their thoughts. You can control yourmind. You have the ability to control your moods, feelings and thoughts and by doing thisyou can change your circumstances and conditions.Proactive means taking initiatives. You need to become proactive, you need to take fullresponsibility of your life. You have ability to take actions and make things happen.There are two kinds of problems or obstacles we face in our life. First type are the problemsyou can do something to reduce them, while other problems just occur in your life, you don’thave any control on them.To download more books – visit www.readtowake.com – the home of best-selling book summaries
  4. 4. The author suggests to focus your time on what you can control instead of spending yourtime focusing on events that you can not control. Take some actions to reduce yourproblems.2. Begin With The End In MindIn this chapter, you need to imagine, what the other people are saying and thinking aboutyou if you are dead and they have come on your funeral?What character would you like them to have seen in you? What achievements andcontributions would you want them to remember? The things you want them to say aboutyou, are your core values so from now you should work on those values.You should develop a personal mission statement that focuses on what you want to be anddo in your life.3. Put First Thing FirstPut First thing First is the most powerful and effective habit, the author has written a wholebook on this habit. This is the habit of time and life management.All the things you do daily can be divided in two categories they are either urgent andimportant or not urgent and not important. You should ask yourself this question “What onething could you do that if you do on regular basis would make a tremendous positivedifference in your life?”To download more books – visit www.readtowake.com – the home of best-selling book summaries
  5. 5. You should remind yourself the Pareto principle that states that 80% of the results flow outof 20% of the activities. You need to focus on those most important 20% activities thatgenerate 80% result. You should not spend time doing unimportant tasks. Set priorities tobecome more productive.4. Think Win-WinThink Win-Win habit teaches you to work together to seek mutual benefits. This habitencourages you to see other people as cooperative rather than competitor.It is based on the theory that there is plenty in this world for everybody and one person’ssuccess should not be achieved at the expense of the success of others.Normally people think that if I win you lose. Most people have been deeply scripted in thewin-lose mentality since birth. We are being programmed that this world is a zero sum gamewhere some people win while other lose.To become more effective you should work with other people to get leverage of the abilitiesand strengths of other people. This habit is essential to become successful.5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be UnderstoodCovey explains that Communication is the most important skill in life. There are fourbasic types of communication – reading, writing, speaking and listening.To download more books – visit www.readtowake.com – the home of best-selling book summaries
  6. 6. The most important factor in good communication is listening carefully what the otherperson is saying. Unfortunately people spend most of their time to improve theirspeaking, writing and reading skills. They don’t try to improve their listening skills.They don’t listen what other person is saying instead they are thinking in their mindwhat they are going to say next.The author says that if you want to become effective, you first need to listen andunderstand what the other person is saying.A good salesperson first understands the needs of others, a good doctor firstunderstands the problems of the patient, a good lawyer first gathers all the facts tounderstand the situation.6. SynergizeSynergy can be defined as the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. For example ifyou plant two plants together, they will grow better than if they were separated, twopieces of wood together will hold more weight together than they will hold separately.According to this principle one plus one equals three or more. The way one man andone women bring a child into this world is synergistic. To be effective we must valuethe physical differences between people to create new opportunities for each other.Synergy is almost as if a group of people collectively wish to work together to createsome productive things. Synergy is making improvements and creating something newwith the cooperation of others.To download more books – visit www.readtowake.com – the home of best-selling book summaries
  7. 7. 7. Sharpen the SawThe habit number seven encourages you to take some time off to sharpen the saw(improve your skills). The greatest asset you have is –You. Your personal productivitywill decrease without proper care.The author recommends that you need to invest some time and money on yourself, toimprove your skills. This is the best investment you can ever make.The author says to follow below written steps to sharpen your saw: • Physical– Health exercise. • Spiritual – Meditation and Religious lectures. • Mental – formal education, seminars, books and autobiographies. • Social/Emotional– leadership, communication and cooperation.Final Thoughts on This BookThis is just a brief summary of this amazing book, the full book is very fascinating andcomprehensive. It has solid advice that can improve your life. Everyone who wants tobecome more productive and effective should read this book.No personal development book’s list can be complete without including this book. I highlyrecommend this book to you, buy it, read it. Be proactive. This is a super success book.To download more books – visit www.readtowake.com – the home of best-selling book summaries

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