The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
a book by Stephen R. Covey
(our site's book review)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People tells us that: “Between stimulus and response, man has the freedom to choose. . . . Because we are, by nature, proactive, [then] if our lives are a function of conditioning and conditions, it is because we have, by conscious decision or default, chosen to empower those things to control us. In making such a choice, we become reactive.”
This existential wisdom does indeed make the difference between the at-effect many and the at-cause few, between the non-autonomous many and the autonomous few, and between those whose lives run them and those who run their lives. After all, you either take care of business or business takes care of you!
Pro-activity is especially important in the Third Wave, as there is so much input from so many sources, and getting caught in a reactivity cycle would be easy to fall into. Combining pro-activity with Information Age knowledge is going to be the key for winners in the 21st century. See Bold New World: The Essential Road Map to the 21st Century.
In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity—principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.
In order to acquire these seven effectiveness habits, you first need a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works. Stephen R. Covey takes you through this change, which affects how you perceive and act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, learning how to be rather than react.