The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen R. Covey
- You have the ability to choose your reaction.
- "Nobody can hurt you without your permission"
- It is not what happens to us, but our reaction to it, that can hurt us.
- Everything is created twice. Once in our head, and once physically.
- "Management is do doing things right. Leadership is to do the right things"
- "The successful man has a habit for doing the things that failures don't like doing". They may not like doing it either, but that's not relevant. They do it anyway.
- Urgent and important. Urgent but not important. Not urgent but important. Not urgent and not important. Use this prioritization when managing time.
- Not urgent but important is the core of effective personal leadership. It's about the building of relationships, exercise; things that take a long time, and is important.
- An abundance-mentality is important. There is enough for everybody.
- If you place good people in bad systems, you get bad results. You have to water the flowers you want to grow.
- Try to really understand where the person you are interacting with is coming from.
- An effective salesman first tries to understand the customers needs, thoughts and situation. The amateur sells the product, the professional sells the solution to needs and problems.
- Investing in ourselves is the absolute best investment we can make.
The 7 habits
- Be proactive
- Begin with an end in mind
- Put first things first
- Always think Win-Win
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood
- Sharpen the saw