This must have been the first self-help book that I read way back in college. “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” was really a craze at that time. Now there are lots of books in the same category, but I guess at that time it was one of its own. Also, Stephen R. Covey’s idea behind the book appealed to lot of people. He was talking about just 7 habits of effective people and made it look very easy. Even the way this book was written was very good. It was simple to read and did not go into too much philosophy.
The seven habits were simple in the form and principle
- Be Proactive
- Begin with End in Mind
- Put First Things First
- Think Win-Win
- Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood
- Sharpen the Saw
There was nothing which was spectacular here but a lot of common sense (not very commonly available though). I am sure the book must have changed the life for lot of people and made them more effective. As is with most of the self-help books, I was also very impressed while reading it but I can’t really say that I have been able to implement all of them in my life. In fact, some of these are very easy to read but very difficult to implement. We are always in the race for urgent deadlines and forget about what is important in life.
The author has not only provided the details about these habits, he has also provided simple job aids to be able to practice these. He came up with lot of follow-up books after this and I have read a few of them but this one was his best. In later books, I felt that there was a lot of repetition.