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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Paperback – 14 June 2020
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster (14 June 2020); Simon & Schuster Publishers India Pvt Ltd., 163, 6th Floor, Tower A, The Corenthum, A 41, Sector 62, Noida 201301 Tel. (0120) 4089389
- Language : English
- Paperback : 469 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1471195708
- ISBN-13 : 978-1471195709
- Item Weight : 350 g
- Dimensions : 19.8 x 13 x 0.9 cm
- Generic Name : General Book
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ii) Do you wonder if there are any so-called 'natural laws' that we must follow in life for things to work better?
iii) Are you really very busy that you cannot manage your time effectively? or do you want to know how to prioritise your activities?
iv) Do you want to know the real meaning of maturity, happiness, love, frustration etc...
v) Do you somehow feel some emptiness in your life or in your relationship despite giving your best?
vi) Do you want to know how to communicate with others in accordance with natural laws?
vii) Do you want to know how to find out what exactly is your mission in life?
viii) Do you want to know what is right or wrong in any given situation etc...
And I can continue the list. No matter what ever may be your problem, I bet you'll find a solution in this book. Please trust me. I'm not exaggerating facts.
→The book has a total of 7 habits:
a) Private victory: These habits lift a person from dependent stage to independent stage.
1. Be proactive:
It basically teaches that "between stimulus and response HUMANS have the ability to choose". In computer metaphor it says you are the programmer.
2. Begin with the end in mind:
It teaches how to write a 'personal constitution' through which you can achieve your goals. In computer metaphor it says "write the program."
3. Put first things first:
It teaches how to prepare a scheduler/planner based on 'fourth generation of time management' which overcomes the shortcomings of the previous three generations. In computer metaphor it says "execute the program".
b) Public victory: These habits lift a person from independent stage to interdependent stage.
4. Think win/win:
In teaches how 'win-win/no deal' is the only viable alternative in interdependent reality transactions.
5. Seek first to understand and then to be understood:
It teaches basic laws to be followed to have a meaningful conversation with others.
It basically teaches how one plus one is greater than two (it may be 10/20/100 depending on the trust level)
7. Sharpen the saw:
It teaches how to have a balanced self-renewal in all four dimensions of human life viz., physical, social/emotional, mental and spiritual.
→What's unique in this book:
1. The concept of character ethic and personality ethic.
2. The principles or laws are excellent. They are the foundation on which this book is written.
3. A broad definition of success.
4. Making us use our four 'unique human endowments' in solving our problems and even while reading this book.
5. There is logic/reason in everything covey says.
1. Covey says that he found startling contrast between the self help literature before 20th century and after 20th century. He found that the literature before 20th century concentrated more on the "character ethic" or the base (or the roots or the person's character or the private victory). In contrast the literature after 20th century concentrated more on the "personality ethic" or manipulation tricks (or public victory or communication skills or quick fixes or bandaids). Personality ethic may be required in some situations in life. But serving character through personality ethic is unacceptable. It doesn't really help. Just imagine trying to reach a destination in India using maps of America. It doesn't work. He says you may be a positive thinker and think positively like "Well we are going to reach the correct destination. Be positive". Even then you don't reach the destination because obviously the MAPS are incorrect. But as you are a positive thinker, even if you don't reach your destination, you may feel "Ok. Let me think positively that whatever god does or whatever happens to me is for my benefit only". But the problem with that type of thinking is that ultimately YOU DON'T REACH YOUR DESTINATION.
2. There are, what covey calls, natural laws or principles that govern us. We have to live in accordance with them.
Law- when you love anyone don't put any conditions for that love.
Exp- When you love someone unconditionally you encourage their natural growth process and give them strength. If you attach conditions to that love, the other person wants to prove that he matters as a person independent of you. You put him in a reactive state.
3. Covey stresses that success in one area doesn't mean success in other areas too, as we live in an interdependent reality. If success in one area is enough, you'd probably isolate yourself from the society and work on it. Can your high profile/salary job do something to your broken relationship in your marriage? He further gives what success really is.
4. Human beings posses four unique human endowments viz., self awareness, imagination, conscience and independent will, which makes us truly unique. Even the most intelligent animals possess none of these.
Covey says you should strive for P/PC balance. The person producing results is called production(P) and the ability of that person to produce results is called production capability (PC). If you concentrate more on P, you will get sick and be unfit for PC. On the other hand if you concentrate too much on PC, you will get no work done.
5. This book is not something which tells you that "do this and suddenly a light will shine upon you and take you into... or do good, be good, let's spread joy...Or do this and something miracle happens and save you bla bla...". When Covey says something he means it. He follows it throughout the book.
example 1: When your son doesn't agree with what you said, you get him into your way of thinking through threatening or exploiting his vulnerabilities because you are smarter, stronger and (you think) you are RIGHT. You will win. And what about the feelings of your son? Convey says, there you stand at the centre of the debris of a shattered relationship, your son being outwardly submissive and inwardly suppressing feelings that would later come in uglier ways. Instead if you ask your son what his problem is and work on a solution that'd be beneficial to both of you wouldn't it be nice? Afterall your son's well-being is your priority.
example 2: What is right in any given situation? Because if you and somebody are in a conflict and if something you think is right to you, it maybe wrong for the other person and vice versa. Here we have to go for win-win solution. Here, many people think "if he wins, I lose. Life is a competitive race". The fact is that, it is not so. Only 'very few' areas in life are like that. The actual problem is 'your scarcity mentality'.
→Suggestions for those who decided to read this book:
1. Don't read this book in one go. Take atleast a week break after studying one habit and apply it in your college/work in your interaction with others.
2. The first pages (till habit 1 starting) is somewhat boring for beginners. Don't feel your money is wasted after reading few pages. Hold on.
3. Trust those universal principles. Don't ever doubt them.
4. Repeat reading this book as many times as possible and I bet every time you will discover something new. The principles are highly practical that you may start applying them from day-1 itself.
-> My experience:
When i was reading this book, i could hardly wait for a week because each habit filled me with energy and curiosity for further habits to come. Several positive things happened in my life after I started applying these principles. I became friend with my enemies. I got new friends. Started being much more mature in my relations. Started taking academics seriously. Just to give you an example, one of my old friends with whom I had a falling out, later being friends again after two years said "You know, you have changed a lot! ".
If you have any problem in life, the book is worth reading because you are worth it! See most of the problems in your life. You have no ill intention towards anyone or anything. You try to be as perfect as possible. Inspite of all this, you will have problems. People hurt you. They just don't understand you. The problems are not because the other person is wrong or you are right. It is just that you don't have sufficient knowledge to deal with yourself and others. Ignorance is okay but not willing to come out of it is not.
Happy reading !
Edit: Reviewed and made few minor corrections.
After i received it today, found it is a duplicate.
1) Book paper layout is Bad.
2) Print quality is Bad, it is not normal to read.
3) Every page the darkness of the Printing is different (some page, it is like print done on Old printer cartridge, very light. Some pages, it is too dark.
When i checked the price of this produce after i received my shipment, it is showing 160 INR today.
The one which are sold in the Traffic Signal for 100 INR are better than this product.
Please do not buy this product.
By Darshan Yogi on 18 January 2021
Advice: if possible then please go to bookshop and then buy.
By VIKAS MEHRA on 8 August 2021
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Wrong! It appears to be (on the surface) a book on efficiency (which is what i read it for). I was desperately looking for short term, rapid solutions to my problems.
This book made me trawl through 400 pages of disjointed, badly written pseudo-science, philosophy & religion. Far from meeting my needs... it was positively misleading. It did not do, what it said on the cover. It ought to be reported to trading standards, for false advertising.
It should not be recommended to young people, who require 'substance', and help, at trying times in their lives.
The book, is a false beacon... and a waste of time. It may, or may not be well-intended... But for me, Covey is a false prophet, making money off naieve young people's problems & anxieties.
It could've been summarised in 10 pages... Am not impressed... and am actually bitterly disappointed.
From “paradigm shift,” to “think Win/Win,” to (ugh) “synergy,” there is no empty self-help cliché left unturned. I should have stopped reading the first time I saw the word “synergy.” (I get countless “business proposals” in my email every day and, if I bother to skim any of them at all, I delete them as soon as the word “synergy” makes an appearance.) No word represents the trite emptiness of this book better than “synergy” – except maybe the verb form of the word: “synergize,” or the adjective “synergistic,” or the adverb “synergistically.” But they are all here. (The author also repeatedly refers to “things that are learned” as “learnings.”)
The book doesn’t even try to live up to its title. There is no argument at all to support the idea that these are seven actual habits that real people have used anywhere in the world to achieve real success. In fact, these seven so-called habits appear to be nothing more than seven things that the author thinks are really good ideas, with weird examples of how they helped him deal with his kid being bad at baseball and also helped his kid learn the value of cleaning up the yard. The book’s title doesn’t match the book itself, but then no one would spend their money on a book called, “The Seven Things Some Random Guy Thinks are Really Nifty-Keen.”
Here’s some useful self-help/time management advice for you: do not waste your precious time with this book. There are dozens and dozens, if not hundreds, of better self-help books out there. Synergize your win/win paradigm shifts with some of those.
This book, however; even if I needed to 'endure' an unconvincing start, was revolutionary in helping me rewrite my life, help find purpose and deal with my mental health issues also.
I would summerise this book as: ''applied, logical wisdom'.
To be frank, I was not blown away by this book. Yes, there are tidbits of wisdom, but they are scattered sparingly in a seamless array of personal anecdotes, mixed with lengthy phrases in no way aiding what was originally a bald point.
I recovered from the book two very important points which could bring value to most intellectuals: a potential new time-management schedule built on a weekly framework which I will definitely try! The second stresses the essence of self-improvement through continuous reading to live life in crescendo as Mr. Covey so magnificently put it.
I did find the 7 habits to be applicable and relatable. I saw my own values and principles in most of them. Maybe I just did not enjoy the dry writing style and the over-usage of anecdotes. I was maybe hoping for more deep-diving in philosophical which ironically begins to appear at the end of the book in the Final Interview with the author. Overall, I give it 3 stars.
I've seen it a few times but hesitate as I thought it would be another self-help rubbish. After reading an abstract of it I was very impressed and decided to buy it.
I was going through some personal difficulties in my personal and professional life and this book has changed my whole outlook on life. The reason 7 Habits is different from all other self-help books is that instead of focusing on the outside e.g. negotiating skills or building your reputation it delves deep into your core. The book helps you realize how we as human beings can change how we react, feel and see the world. It helps you understand what really is important to you in life. The book shows you how to be a pro-active person who lives in harmony with others. There really is soo much I've taken away from this book that this review won't do it justice!
This book is still on my bedside table, i refer to it and if I have children I will pass these book onto them!
This book gives a set of rules on how to live a productive, harmonious and happy life- to me this book is a bible!