The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Occasionally I pick up a book that has been sitting on my bookshelf for a long time waiting for me to get around to reading it.

Most of the time I enjoy the book and finish it with a sense of accomplishment more than anything else. The book will simply no longer need to be read.

Then there are the times when I finish the book and wonder why it took me so long to read it. There are books that give you something you expect to carry with you through life. There are books that make a difference. Such was the case with me when I read “The 7 Habit of Highly Effective People”. By Stephen R. Covey.

The title sat there on my bookshelf and beaconed me for years. I knew it was a number one best seller. I knew I might get something out of it. But I looked at it with the attitude I “should” read it. I almost saw it as a chore. But once I started I was hooked immediately by it’s optimistic prescriptions for dealing with life on a daily basis.

Where I expected procedural habits such as “make a to-do list at night” or “return phone calls promptly” I was rewarded instead with wisdom. The seven habits outline simple values based attitudes that come together to make an unarguable outline for effective behavior. I really enjoyed this book.

I can’t answer the obvious question here. I’m not going to simply list the seven habits, for in the abstract they would seem somehow cheapened. To appreciate the 7 habits you need to understand the principles behind them. So pick up a copy of this book. Or borrow mine. It’s an international best seller and that many people can’t be all wrong. This book could really make a difference in your life. Just don’t let it set on the bookshelf for years as I did.