A New York Times Bestseller, this book has proven to be a favorite of many people, some saying that the book has changed their lives forever. My journey through this book placed on me several facts that have reshaped my thinking in a very powerful way. Written by Stephen R. Covey and first published in 1989, this book could never be more relevant than it is with the advent of social media and get-rich-quick schemes. So, what were my takes from this book as I read it? It is vital to note that this review does not necessarily point out the exact seven habits stated in the book but is a general summary of what message the book is giving us.
Good character comes from within
Rather than being superficial, this book calls out for good character building that will eventually reflect in the most subtle of ways. With the advent of social media, the message being peddled is you can present a superficial image of yourself, you can build a ”character facade” but behind closed doors, you can be ”yourself”. This is what even propagates the lie of quick solutions or get-rich-quick schemes. If you do not trust the process then you will not enjoy the eventual success, because it will not be long-lasting.
Put the needs of others first
Another lie that has been peddled in recent times is the lie of me, myself and I. Stephen Covey reminds us through his book that it is vital to ‘Think win-win’. Always remember to consider the needs of others as you consider yours. Do not always think about how you will win at all times, you can find a way to win for both you and others. Also, you can sacrificially allow others to win at times at your expenses. This gives you social capital that can always come in handy at times.
Deal with problems/ situation beforehand
Another very crucial message that Stephen is telling us is the need to be proactive rather than reactive. Work on problems and situations beforehand rather than looking for solutions afterwards. It always gives someone an edge to deal with situations in advance compared to waiting for situations to blow up for its often harder to deal with something when its already taken off than in advance.
Do the right thing at the right time
Everything has its own time: from family time, work time, and even leisure time. Do not overlap one issue onto another. Always ensure you do whatever you need to do at every particular timeframe. Stephen calls it ‘prioritize the priorities’. If it is time for school, put all your mind and heart to it. If it is time for working, then dedicate yourself entirely to it. Once you are done with that phase, go to the next relevant phase and give it your everything.
Also, grow yourself as an individual. Do not stagnate in life. Read books for they are a wellspring of knowledge. Get new skills whenever you can, they will come in handy while you navigate life and try to progress yourself as an individual. Stephen R. Covey calls it ‘sharpening your skills’ to make you and keep you relevant.
This is one of the best self-help books that any individual can read. It will reveal to you insights on exactly how your character and personal growth matters in helping you change both your life and that of others. Also, it shows you the value of human relations and how to ensure you live an impactful life. A worth-while read for anyone who wants to be an effective person.