A thoroughly good read. Timeless. Practical.
The 7 Habits according to Mr Covey are:
1. Be proactive - things don't just happen
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
7. Sharpen the saw
I liked the phrase, "The person who doesn't read is no better off than the person who can't read"
I also liked the story about the squirrel, duck, eagle & rabbit. They were all forced to take part in a relay that involved running, swimming, climbing up a tree and climbing down one. In the case of the duck, it swam fabulously but was very below average in other subjects so the teacher forced it to stop swimming and focus on the subjects it wasn't good at.
All the running caused the duck to develop calluses leading to a decline in its swimming ability but a slight improvement elsewhere.
I was inspired by what I thought was the moral of the story: society/school forces mediocrity; focus on what you are good at if you want to be truly amazing!
Sadly, Mr Covey died in 2012, I really would have loved to meet him.
Time allowing, I love to read. If I read anything interesting, I will blog about it here.