The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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The cover page of the famous book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey introduces in this way "In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed antidotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity -- principles that give us the security to adapt to change, and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates."

The seven habits of Highly Effective People according to Covey are:

1. Be proactive

2. Begin with the end in mind

3. Put first things first

4. Think win/win

5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood

6. Synergize

7. Sharpen the saw

What inspires outstanding personal achievement day in and day out? Do successful people really do things differently? They certainly do, says Covey.

He shows people how to make them a part of their everyday life. Learn the timeless value of the character ethic and create their own paradigm shift, a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works.

The groundbreaking approach set forth in Covey's bestsellers The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has helped millions attain personal fulfillment and professional success.

Before you can adopt the seven habits, you will need to accomplish what Covey calls a "paradigm shift"--a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works. Covey takes you through this change, which affects how you perceive and act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, developing your "proactive muscles" (acting with initiative rather than reacting), and much more.

Covey has made a life study of personal paradigms and has found, among other things that "we never really...