The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People


Book Summary

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen R. Covey

02 Aug, 2022

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“Paradigms are powerful because they create the lens through which we see the world... If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. But if you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm” - Stephen R. Covey

Key Takeaways

🔵 Shift your focus to what you can control rather than what you can't.

🔵 Set clear goals about where you want to be and work accordingly.

🔵 Be kind and empathetic towards others and learn to value differences.

🔵 Work consistently on yourself to achieve growth.

Big Ideas

Be Proactive

There are two approaches to living your life. You can be either proactive or reactive. Being proactive means you focus your efforts on the things you can control such as your education, willpower, character, or habits. Proactive people take responsibility for the things happening to them and work on improving themselves. Reactive people let external factors such as the economy,  politics, or attitudes of people control their decisions and mood. They have a victim mindset and blame the circumstances for their shortcomings. To live a productive life, you need to be proactive.

Begin With The End In Mind

Visualize the goals you want to achieve and how you would love to be remembered when you die. Identify the values you want to hold on to and work accordingly. This way, you will proactively tackle the challenges that will come your way.

Put First Things First

Set your priorities right and work on the most important task first. Categorize your tasks based on urgency and how important they are to you. Prioritize the tasks that are important to you and limit those that are neither important nor urgent.  This way, you can manage your time productively.

Think Win-Win

Seek for mutual benefits while dealing with people. You can win without having anyone to lose. Thinking win-win is having a mindset that both parties can succeed and grow together. This mindset can be cultivated when you think there's enough for everyone typically known as having an abundance mindset. You don't have to compete with others in order to win because everyone can succeed at the same time.

Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood

For strengthening your interpersonal relationships, you need to develop a habit of listening empathetically. Listen carefully to people with all your focus with an intention to understand them. This way, you will win their trust and they will feel drawn to you. After understanding their view, tell yours to be understood.


Celebrate the differences and work together in harmony to accomplish common goals. Flying in a flock is better than flying solo. To achieve big things, value the efforts of others and work alongside them.

Sharpen The Saw

You need to keep working consistently to become the best version of yourself. Workout regularly to stay fit, learn continuously, practice spirituality, and develop empathy. Practicing these habits will make you a better person from the inside over time.

How The 7 Habits Changed My Life

I decided to implement the takeaways from this book in my life. Here’s how practicing these lessons has helped me in my personal and professional life:

🔵 I’ve started taking responsibility for my mood and actions and don’t let external factors control my happiness.

🔵 I no longer have a victim mindset.

🔵 I don’t let drawbacks hold me back, rather I see them as opportunities to grow in life.

🔵 I have strengthened my relationships with the important people in my life and gained their trust because now, I’ve become more empathetic towards them.

🔵 I have noticed a dramatic growth in my business because I’ve started valuing the ideas of my teammates and we have started working together to achieve growth.

🔵 I’ve honed my skills, am getting the body I wanted, and have gained mental clarity by consistently working on myself.

Who Is The 7 Habits For?

This book is for you if you want to

🔵 Accomplish the goals that scare you.

🔵 Develop a strong trustworthy personality.

🔵 Internalize your happiness rather than depending on external factors for how you feel.

🔵 Strengthen your relationships with people who are important to you.

🔵 Learn the recipe for your business growth.

🔵 Get in the best form physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

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About Stephen R. Covey

Stephen Richards Covey, the author of the international bestseller, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, was a renowned American non-fiction author. He was recognized for his work as an educator, a successful businessman, and a public speaker.


Isak Vidinghoff is a Strategic Life Coach and Content Creator. He communicates personal development strategies to help people find purpose and meaning to live their fullest potential in life.

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