Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
Stephen Covey, a man who taught millions of people to make their home and work lives better, died Monday at age 79 in Utah.
I bought The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1989, three times since college. Obviously, I need to work on my effectiveness–or at least my organizational skills. But I kept going back to Covey’s book because I needed the his influential, groundbreaking advice. Other people are revisiting this seminal work because overnight, since his passing, this title has once again become the #1 best-seller in the self-help category on Amazon. If you like Stephen Covey’s work, also check out Cheryl Strayed‘s (author of Wild) new advice book called Tiny, Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar.
In the meantime, it’s always a good time to read Covey’s original and excellent 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:
1. Be Proactive
Highly effective people make decisions to improve their lives instead of constantly reacting to external influences.
2. Begin with the End in Mind
Develop a personal mission statement and work on long-term goals based on your personal principles.
3. Put First Things First
Spend time doing what fits your personal mission. Prioritize your roles in life and make time for the important ones.
4. Think Win-Win
Try to find relationships and answers to problems that are beneficial to everyone involved. If you can’t come up with a win-win, don’t make a deal.
5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
This is the most important principle of personal relations. Listen to the other person’s perspective first, then put yourself in her shoes.
Use everyone’s good ideas to come up with the best solutions.
7. Sharpen the Saw
Don’t just work, work, work. Take time out for physical, mental, social and spiritual development.
Covey will continue to help and inspire people for years to come. Advice this good lives on and on.Add a Comment