My 3 Key Learning’s from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Oct 01, 2019


Firstly, let’s agree 3 , is a classic of the business and personal development world.

More than 25 million readers say so.

I initially read it in the early 2003, have re-read it a couple of time since, and right now it’s the book I’m listening to on my iPhone. I’ve referred to various points from the book during hundreds of workshops through the years, and so ‘yeah, I like it’…but this isn’t going to turn into a 7 Habits book review.

Because, for me a book (or workshops) true worth is in how you go on to use it in your life or business, so that’s what I want to share with you here.

The key learning’s, at least for me, from reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People are:

  1. Take action, or as Stephen Covey wrote it, ‘be proactive’. I know from my own life, as well as working with people as a coach and trainer, that often times we inadvertently ‘talk the talk’ without ‘walking the walk,’ and without the walk nothing happens!  Theodore Roosevelt once talked about being ‘the man in the arena’, and similarly Warren Buffett describes the importance of ‘skin in the game.’ 
  2. Know where you’re going, which as habit 2 is to ‘begin with the end in mind.' It's a concept I use personally and in business, and as coach and trainer have shared hundreds of times with personal clients and students at The Coaching Academy. Life, business, relationships…having an idea of where you’d like it to arrive has brought so much clarity, and sometimes surprises, to my life.
  3. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing! In this super high speed, always switched on and connected world, getting lost, side tracked or disconnected from what’s important is probably my biggest learning point from the book. Whether you’re in business, or want to be in business, whether you’re a coach, trainer or want to add speaking in some aspect of how you deliver what you do so that you add the most value possible is the main thing.

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