The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a self-help classic and still one of the best books in the genre.

A popular book, published by Simon & Schuster, and written by Stephen R Covey, it provides a useful, sequential framework for understanding much about the process of personal development. Many highly successful people seem to have naturally developed these principles of effectiveness.

Stephen Covey’s principled approach is not a quick-fix prescription for personal growth. But, says Covey, if you work hard at acquiring these principles, if you learn them well, think about them deeply and teach them to others, they will eventually become internalised. They will lead to fundamental change because they will affect who you are – your character – for the better.

Your personality was formed as the result of specific behaviours you internalised as you grew up. These behaviours are not things we need to think about, they represent little success strategies or ways of coping with life that we have found to be helpful. If you take a look at what Seneca said about human character, you will see how acquiring new habits leads to a fundamental change of character.

Sow a thought, reap an action
Sow a action, reap a habit
Sow a habit, reap a character
Sow a character, reap a destiny