The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Recommended by Ken Allred in Episode #1. Over 40 million copies sold. With praise from Seth Godin, Meg Whitman, Dave Ramsey, and Clayton Christensen, among others. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a classic self-help book that has helped millions of people improve their lives. If you are looking for a way to improve your personal and interpersonal effectiveness, I highly recommend reading this book.


These habits are based on the principle that effective people are proactive, they have a clear vision, they focus on the important things, they seek win-win solutions, they listen to others, they create synergy, and they invest in themselves. By following these habits, you can improve your personal and interpersonal effectiveness and achieve your goals.

Here is a brief summary of each habit:

  • Be proactive. This means taking responsibility for your own life and not blaming others for your circumstances. It means choosing your response to events, rather than being a victim of them.
  • Begin with the end in mind. This means having a clear vision of what you want to achieve in life. It means knowing your values and goals, and making decisions that are aligned with them.
  • Put first things first. This means prioritizing your goals and focusing on the most important things. It means saying no to less important things so that you can have time for the things that matter most.
  • Think win-win. This means seeking mutually beneficial solutions in your interactions with others. It means looking for ways to create value for both yourself and the other person.
  • Seek first to understand, then to be understood. This means listening to others with empathy and understanding. It means trying to see things from their perspective before you share your own.
  • Synergize. This means creating new and innovative solutions by working together with others. It means combining your talents and resources with the talents and resources of others to create something that is greater than the sum of its parts.
  • Sharpen the saw. This means investing in your personal and professional development. It means taking care of your physical, mental, and emotional health so that you can be at your best.