A man named Stephen Covey passed away in July of last year. I could do a lot of research on him and tell you all about him and act as though I know things about him that I really don’t know at all. But there is one thing that I can tell you about him. He wrote a book called The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change. He wrote this book long before I was even born.
In it he divides the seven habits into three different categories:
#1 Be Proactive
Why am I bringing this up and why do I even know about this book? Well, when I was 10 years old my mom taught through this book to my older brother’s Civil Air Patrol Squadron. I didn’t actively participate in the meetings, but mom would discuss each of the habits with me at home when she was preparing her monthly presentation. It took them an entire year to get through the book, and it’s message meant something to me even at 10 years old. Mom and I often refer to some of the basic principles of the book – particularly #2 Begin With the End in Mind.
Over the next few weeks I will be writing about each of the Seven Habits and highlighting what I believe are the most important points of the book. Many people, especially teens, don’t think very highly of self help type of books. If that describes you, I hope you will stick around as we discuss this book. I think you will find that the points are important and relevant to your life as a teenager in today’s world.
Have you ever read The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People? Any other type of motivational or self help book that was a help to you?