Seven Habits of Highly Effective People abridged

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People abridged - The...

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen R. Covey What follows is a plan for building true, enduring success. It is not a handbook of tricks or techniques. It is a guide for strengthening your character. Character alone will give you the consistent energy and know- how to pursue opportunity and the courage to prevail against the challenges you will face. Our character, basically, is a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, habits constantly express our character and produce our effectiveness - or our ineffectiveness. In the words of Aristotle, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit". I identify here seven habits shared by all truly effective people. Fortunately, for those of us not born effective (no one is), these habits can be learned . The Two Sides of Success Aesop's Fable, "The Goose and the Golden Egg", is the story of a poor farmer who one day visits the nest of his goose and finds at her side a glittering golden egg. Though he suspects it to be a trick, he decides to take it home where he learns to his delight that the egg is actually pure gold. Every morning thereafter the farmer gathers one golden egg from the nest of the goose, and soon become fabulously wealthy. As he grows rich, however, he also grows greedy and impatient with the output of the goose. In an attempt to get at once all the gold in the goose, he kills and opens it, only to find nothing. The moral of this old fable has a modern ring to it. Like the foolish farmer, we often emphasize short-term results (golden eggs) at the expense of long-term prosperity (the goose). Indeed, it seems that we are often more concerned with doing things right (efficiency) than with doing the right things (effectiveness). In his attempt to be efficient, the farmer became grossly ineffective; he destroyed his capability for getting desired results. Habits are patterns of behaviour composed of three overlapping components: knowledge, attitude, and skill. Because these are learned rather than inherited, our habits constitute our second nature, not our first. We are not stuck with our current habits; hence, we should avoid defining ourselves in terms of our habits, characteristics, and reactive tendencies. Habits of effectiveness can be learned, habits of ineffectiveness unlearned. Successful people daily weave habits of effectiveness into their lives. Often, they are internally motivated by a strong sense of mission. By subordinating their dislike for certain tasks, they develop the following 1
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seven habits and discipline their lives in accordance with fundamental principles. These habits are interrelated, interdependent, and sequential. The first three are habits of character; they will help you achieve the daily private victory and progress from a state of dependence to independence. The next three are the outward expressions of character and lead to interdependence, mutual benefit, and public victories. The seventh habit
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