BOTM: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

June 25, 2018

Quote: “To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.” 


I wanted to read this book because the first book on habit I read “The Power of Habit” had me realized how important habits are and how they shaped our lives. This book reminded me of How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Summary:  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Covey is a short simple book about how to better your life through simple changes in your perception and how you treat others.

Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win/Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw”


The habits that stood out to me are Habit 3: Begin with the End in Mind and Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. Begin with the end in mind is something I try to think about daily with every action that I make. Why am I making this action and how is it contributing to my future. Like everyone I definitely slip in this arena from time to time but practice makes perfect! Sharpening the Saw has so many reasons why I am a fan of it. I cringe when I hear about working 12 hour days (especially when it’s not your own business) or celebrating pulling all nighters. Work smarter not harder and sleep is imperative to your health and success. Sharpen your Blade!


This book is great for anyone that goes home after a long day of work, flips on the TV, and wonders what’s next in their life. You need to create the life you want and every day is a step you can take in the right direction. It’s very easy to coast. It’s certainly not wrong or bad but if you want something or different more than what you currently have, you will need to take a different more purposeful approach in your daily life.




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