Summary of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People book summary
To be highly effective, just initiate, focus, prioritize, connect, cooperate, improve yourself and let others win. Whew.

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This book was a publishing phenomenon in the early 1990s, and it deserved to be. Stephen R. Covey managed to repackage an ethical and moral tradition thousands of years in development and make it meaningful to a late twentieth century, secular audience. Most of what you find in this book you will find in Aristotle, Cicero, Benedict, Tillotson and their heirs. Covey adds a few references to psychology, a twentieth century science, and many to Viktor Frankl, a sage of the Holocaust. Covey wraps the mix in a distinctively American can-do program of easy-looking steps calling, mostly, for self-discipline. The result is a quite worthwhile, useful manual for self-improvement. getAbstract believes most readers can learn something useful from this book, though some will find the style too familiar and easy-going, and the prescriptions easier to agree with than to act upon, much less adopt as habits.

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  • Seven approaches that effective people take to attain fulfillment
  • How to build your character and shape your life more deliberately
 

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Seven Habits
The seven habits of highly effective people are: They take initiative. “Be Proactive.” They focus on goals. “Begin with the End in Mind.” They set priorities. “Put First Things First.” They only...
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About the Author

Stephen R. Covey is vice-chairman of Franklin Covey Co., and teaches Principle-Centered Living and Principle-Centered Leadership. Covey is also the founder and former CEO of the Covey Leadership Center. He is the author of several books. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has been a bestseller for many years.


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    Nico Berx 3 weeks ago
    Great read and timeless advice
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    Daisy Rose Recide 3 weeks ago
    Such a great book! Well-spent time reading this!
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    Jillian Maduray 3 months ago
    Brilliant read, good for personal and work habits. Every manager should encourage these habits!
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    Jillian Maduray 3 months ago
    Brilliant read, good for personal and work habits. Every manager should encourage these habits!
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    Aaron Surtees 3 months ago
    Having read the full book the summary is incredible good at picking up the key points mentioned. I would highly recommend giving this a read in full. The real life examples really help put things into perspective.
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    Scott Duncan 3 months ago
    Great read, wish I had this years ago
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    Daniel Gonzalez Venegas 3 months ago
    A very good read
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    Dean Tidd 4 months ago
    Very profound. A very good read.
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    Michelle Law 5 months ago
    Must read.
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    Kurt Schuepfer 6 months ago
    Great summary. A condensed version of a condensed version of personality theory and its relation to business. Highly interested in reading this book now!
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    Gautier Champenois 6 months ago
    Great to see high synergies between efficacy and strong values
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    Chuan He 7 months ago
    This is a great book !
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    Chuan He 7 months ago
    This is a great book !
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    Truc Nguyen 7 months ago
    Great book
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    Gina Wright 7 months ago
    Excellent. I just bought the book.
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    Chris Johnson 9 months ago
    Just started reading this ... I'll post another comment later.
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    Matthew Endresz 9 months ago
    Fantastic
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    Diana St. Hill 10 months ago
    great read. Words of live by for sure.
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    Nasreen Khan 10 months ago
    Inspiring
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    Xavier Vila 10 months ago
    let's read it
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    Lilan Yan 10 months ago
    it seems worth reading the whole book.
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    Andy Cunningham 12 months ago
    Based on the summary, it seems to strike a sensible balance between being specific and generalising to be useful for a variety of people and a variety of situations.
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    Bruno Nieto 1 year ago
    Inspiring!
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    Bruno Nieto 1 year ago
    Inspiring!
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    Daven Loomba 1 year ago
    Good read
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    Nicola Leonard 1 year ago
    Great summary
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    Mandy O'Neill 1 year ago
    Enjoyed reading - a great summary
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    Julian Mora 1 year ago
    It is always good to read this again!
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    Kai Wing To 1 year ago
    Fantastic summary.
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    Arthur Cecchini 2 years ago
    great book and great summary. this website is worth every penny for the sub :)
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    Robin Smith 2 years ago
    Fantastic summary. I need to read the entire book.
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    David Evans 2 years ago
    Looks interesting...its on the list.
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    Andrew Hardman 2 years ago
    I have ordered the full book for this, summary was a great read
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    William Stoerrle 2 years ago
    Limi
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    Lee Macdonald 2 years ago
    I read the whole book 15 years ago. I wish I'd just read this version and saved myself a couple of weeks of night time reading.
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    Joseph Vajdic 2 years ago
    Great book. Highly recommended!
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    David Grey 2 years ago
    It was inspiring and a boost to my confidence.
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    John Standridge 2 years ago
    I have had this book for several years. It was very refreshing to  use the abstract to refresh my memory on the concepts.
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    Nino da Silva 3 years ago
    Highly recommended!
    Excellent summary.
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    tony duarte 3 years ago
    Great book
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    Mohammad Ali 3 years ago
    This was a great read. A well written summary for sure.
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    Gardo Dominik 3 years ago
    Great summary.
    I need to read whole book.
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    simone mendez 3 years ago
    Excellent summary. Highly recommended.
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    Sheldon Brown 3 years ago
    " Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply." This is something we all need to work! Very imformative!
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    Jon Angle 4 years ago
    Good summary. I recommend the whole book.
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    Sofia Sanchez Kramer 4 years ago
    Great summary of the book. I loved this quote "This is the single most important investment we can ever make in life — investment in ourselves,in the only instrument we have with which to deal with life and to contribute.”
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    Julie Smith 4 years ago
    simple common sense messages, not always common practice. Whilst this book was first published ages ago it remains in the best seller lists as its content is timeless. The 8th habit book which arrived much later does not deserve a whole book
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    Terence Stanislaus 4 years ago
    Excellent summary of the book and also brings in all essentials in the book in to the summary.
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    Lily Chang 4 years ago
    Great article! Better start to focus on building up character, not personality!!
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    Claudia Fontes 4 years ago
    Hello Roy! I am the dedicated Learning Consultant assigned to Walgreens and in looking at your account, I have an idea why you could not download our content. It appears that your account was inactive but it has been reactivated. I will send you a personal email to ensure that you are able to access now.

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    Roy Wood 4 years ago
    Thank you. I do not see a pdf symbol to click on. I see a green button, "Get the full summary". I click on that and it takes me to a subscription page.
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    Roy Wood 4 years ago
    I also am unable to read this summary and others.
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      Patrick Brigger 4 years ago
      Dear Roy,

      I would be glad to help. Are you getting an error message? When you click on the PDF symbol above, this will open a new tab in your browser and display the summary.
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    RODNEY CHANG 4 years ago
    i am not able to see the summary!!!
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      Erica Rauzin 4 years ago
      Dear Mr. Chang,

      I sure there is a fast technical fix for this problem, but I'm an editor and not much of a technician. However, I am working on Saturday night and I am glad to help you. If you will send your email address to me at erica.rauzin@getabstract.com, I will email the pdf of this abstract to you. Erica Rauzin, Managing Editor
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    Ravi Mallikarjun 4 years ago
    I read the great book, but unfortunately I can't find time to read it once again. But I summarize it through this abstract & focus on required chapters.
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    Mathew MacDonell 4 years ago
    a great abstract for a young person looking to zero in on principles of spiritual, professional, and personal growth.
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    Gordon Seymour 5 years ago
    A fantastic summary of a Covey master work. The best way to learn these habits is to live and teach them!
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    Joerg Weiler 5 years ago
    Great summary, opened my eyes to a great book which I rejected so far because of my dislike of self help books.

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