The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 19, 2013 - Business & Economics - 391 pages
Millions of copies sold.

New York Times Bestseller.

Named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century.

“As the seminal work of Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has influenced millions around the world to be their best selves at work and at home. It stands the test of time as one of the most important books of our time.” —Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo

One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of presidents and CEOs, educators and parents—in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations across the world. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Stephen Covey’s cherished classic commemorates his timeless wisdom, and encourages us to live a life of great and enduring purpose.

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This book is a must if you are serious about thriving in the business world. It will teach you the basics of managing your most important asset: yourself.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
As per our previous discussion / session last Saturday 29th November 2014, please find below my views.
A. Paradigm shift, what are they? Am I comfortable with it?
It is in deed a "Powerful Lessons in Personal Change". Its how look things in a different angle. Life for instance. It's complicated, unexpected and unfair but if you analyze it, life is wonderful and beautiful despite of challenges and hardship because it brings our the best version of ourselves.
I find the book very useful. It changes you on how you look in life, the "other side". It will make you realize the world is not only about "you". It showed me how to look at things differently. Made me think and reflect on my past and what I have to do in the future. Its practically a reference guide on a day to day life, be it at home or at work. And I am comfortable with it.
I would like to share my "paradigm shift" story. It happened just recently with one of my booker/member made a voucher redemption in our loyalty program. The booker kept calling and sending emails about her vouchers. I've advise the booker repeated that I will immediately give her once I receive them. But then she keeps going on calling almost everyday. It was really annoying and I get so irritated that I didn't realized that I raised my voice. After hearing my tone of voice, she told me that she wanted to buy a gift for her son two days before he goes back to India. I could hear dismay on the other line. And I was like "oh, i am sorry, when is son leaving for India?" In the coming two days, she replied. She said that she promised his son a gift, a son she has not seen for a year because she works in Kuwait. Upon hearing that, I shift to being in her shoes as a mother. I sympathized and assured her that I will do my best to get the vouchers on time. Then the vouchers came, however, it was one day late. But still my member/booker appreciated it, above all we acknowledge the dept of her need.
My story may not be as profound, but then I learned to be more attentive to the need of others. I listened. I can 't expect people to change, but I can adjust and change myself. It has to start from within.
2. Schedule of priorities - Time Management
1. Family & Children
2. Children education plan
3. Work
4. Saving for Retirement (early retirement at least)
-Not Urgent but important
1. Finish my Bachelor's Degree
2. Travel
-Not Important but Urgent
-Not Urgent, not important


PrivaTe vicTOry
Begin with the end in mind
Put First Things First
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Think WinWin
seek First to understand Then to
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Appendix A Possible Perceptions Flowing out of Various

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Recognized as one of Time magazine’s twenty-five most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey (1932–2012) was an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author. His books have sold more than twenty-five million copies in thirty-eight languages, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century. After receiving an MBA from Harvard and a doctorate degree from Brigham Young University, he became the cofounder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, a leading global training firm.

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