The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Nasir Hossain
Imagine a book, off-course written by a human, which has been sold over 40 million copies in 30 years and is still considered a powerful one to influence people to change positively. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is the one we are talking about.
The self-help book, written by Dr. Stephen R. Covey, was first published in 1989. It quickly became a sensation since it changed the idea of being successful in life. The book identified 7 simple habits that one could do to navigate one’s life to success and lead an effective life.
We all know the Aesop’s fable – the story of the goose that laid the golden eggs. If the farmer wasn’t greedy enough to kill the goose to get all the golden eggs, he could get more golden eggs for a longer period. With the help of the story, Stephen Covey defined effectiveness as the balance of obtaining desirable results with caring for which produces the results.
According to Covey, principles are external natural laws while values remain internal and subjective. By distinguishing between principles and values, Covey wrote that our values govern our behavior while principles determine the consequence. Then he presented a series of habits that helps a progression from dependence to independence to interdependence.
The first three habits help an individual to progress from dependence to independence. The next three habits talk about interdependence. The final habit is that of continuous improvement in both personal and interpersonal spheres of influence.
The seven habits are – be proactive, begin with the end in mind, first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand, then to be understood, synergies and, the last, sharpen the saw. Each of the habits is explained in detail. Covey shows how a principle-centered, character-based life helps you build the healthy relationships that are keys to an effective life.
The book has been translated into more than 40 languages worldwide and you can find several translations in Bengali too. However, I think, reading the original version will help you understand the big picture that the writer wanted to draw.
I am sure you have a good understanding, even though, I would like to remind you that it is not everyone who reads it became successful and you can’t be successful without reading it. You probably are looking for guidance to be successful in the worldly life and this book can give you some directions. In general, most of the successful people have these habits whether they read the book or not. If you are able to take the information and make effort to actually utilize in your life, you also can expect to get your desired result.