Today’s book summary and book review: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the best books in self-development. Stephen Covery’s classic book has been influenced leaders for decades. You might also consider getting the full book or audiobook for this – it’s killer!
Watch the video below:
BIG 10 IDEAS:
NOTE: These are only my skeleton outline notes. For the full content, please watch the video or listen to the podcast :)
(1:20) HABIT 1: Be Proactive
Close the stimulus response gap
Focus on what do you WANT (not what you don’t want)
Remember, where focus goes energy flows.
Being proactive is placing your focus on your goal, not the problem.
(3:00) HABIT 2: Begin With The End In Mind
See the video to see if you pass the “Funeral Test”
Neil Gamen’s Ted Talk on “Make Good Art” + climb the mountain
Envision your end goal, then focus on climbing the mountain.
(6:20) HABIT 3: Put First Things First
“Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least” -Gothe
Think about making a “Not to do list”
Each day, focus on your M.I.T (M.ost I.mportant T.ask)
When in doubt, ask yourself: “Am I being busy or being productive?”
(7:30) HABIT 4: Think Win-Win
There is 5 Potential outcomes: w/w w/l l/l l/w or W.
The best outcome: 6th WIN WIN OR NO DEAL
Negotiating salary? Selling car on craigslist? Compromises in Relationships?
Think Win / win or no deal.
(9:15) HABIT 5: Seek First to Understand, Then Be Understood
When speaking with someone, they may be too busy in their own head to listen to you!
Seek first to understand the other person’s point of view, before trying to communicate your own.
When you understand their point of view first, you can communicate with them even better!
This is also called “empathetic listing”
(11:30) HABIT 6: Synergize
The sum total is far greater than its parts
EXAMPLE: You want to pick Apples on tree. They are too high for you to grab. If you sit on shoulders of someone else, both of you get the apples.
This is where it is better to corporate than compete (most of the time).
(12:30) HABIT 7: Sharpen The Saw
Abraham Linclion said: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe”
Whatever our metaphorical tree is in life, we need to make sure our axe is sharp!
Most people are too busy chopping to sharpen saw! This is the equivelent of saying we are too busy driving to stop and fill up for gas.
How do you sharpen the axe? My number one favorite way is to ask questions. These are the best 11 questions to sharpen your saw!
(14:20) THE 8th HABIT
The secret to living is giving.
Depression / anxiety / stress is a “ME” focus.
Need a “WE” focus to feel better – the 8th habit is helping others find their inner voice.
(15:20) THE 4-QUADRANTS
Everything is created twice
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