“The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey [Author’s Name] Executive summary The given work presents the report of the book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey…
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Better late than never. Covey offers seven habits to be acquired by everybody who wants to be successful. The author describes the way to acquire these habits. The conclusion is made that the book is very helpful and should be on the table of every person who wants to change his/her life for better. Introduction In the bestseller The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen R. Covey reminds us that everyone is the master and the designer of his own life. “Your life doesn't just "happen." Whether you know it or not, it is carefully designed by you. The choices, after all, are yours” (Covey). Our life offers much choice and it is up to us what to choose. Much depends on the choice we made: we may choose pleasure or sorrow, despair or hope, self-assurance or uncertainty. Unfortunately, we very often forget that every situation presents us with the new choice and we always have an opportunity to change the way we go to receive better outcomes. The book by Stephen Covey is unique because it does not offer a recipe of success. The recipe of success can’t be the one for all of us as we may have different situations in our life and the recipe comes from the analysis of each particular situation. Also the author does not guarantee quick results. The principles should be learn, thought over, taught to others and only then they will become and integral part of your soul and will change your personality greatly. The personality of each of us is made of experiences we had in our childhood. However, these experiences are not always the best to ground one’s personality on and sometimes they need to be changed in order to acquire new habits and change our personality. The author emphasizes the important role of habits. As you sow the habit, so you reap your character, as you sow your character, you reap your own destiny. In order to change our life we should change our character Before writing the book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen R. Covey studied a lot of literature that provides the recipes of successful life. Having studied it, he made definite conclusions. It appeared that the literature written about 150 years ago was oriented on the developing certain characteristics such as honesty, bravery, fairness, tolerance. It taught people that only these personal qualities can lead people to success. This approach is called Character Ethics. The literature of the 20th century, especially the second half of it, was mostly oriented on the promoting the rules of healthy communications and positive attitude maintenance that is called Personality Ethics. Character Ethics tells us what primary qualities we should possess, while Personality Ethics emphasizes secondary characteristics, which lead to success. However, according to Covey, the Personality Ethics can’t be reliable as the people who do not have corresponding primary traits will not be able to develop the needed secondary traits. The life and the world of every person are based on his/her own vision and personal attitude towards things. Two people can’t perceive equally, every person treat everything in his own way. Thus, much depends on our attitudes towards things and not on what they are. If we understand the importance of changing attitude towards our past experiences, we will be able to change our attitude towards things and thus change our future life experience (Gandel, 2011). Character ethics also can be called more reliable as it teaches to develop personal
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Understanding of self becomes the major facilitator of inculcating important habits and qualities for success in life. Covey believes that the seven habits discussed within the book equip an individual to exploit core competencies of self and others for personal and professional growth.
As the men struggle to remain alive in the dinghy, they find false hopes of rescue. In the middle of the sea it was not possible for the men to know the truth and to know the definite ways of rescue. Billie, the oiler who worked the hardest to keep them afloat, did not survive in the end. It symbolizes the indifference of nature towards man’s actions and desires.
It points towards personality development of the individuals required for achieving success with principles of effectiveness. Covey has stated that a quick fix prescription for personal growth is not a potential solution. If individuals work hard, then the principles will be acquired within them.
Stephen Crane relates his own story with the characters and gives an imaginative and striking view to the readers of the scenario in which the story takes place. The story is based on an incident which takes place on the mercy of natural powers and is described excellently by Stephen Crane.
Crane lived to retell the story and the fact that it is based on a true event almost changes how we read it because we know that more than imagination goes into this piece of literature. Real life, real emotions, and real people enter into this story and make it more real.
In a bid to deposit in my emotional bank account, I have developed a sense of the honor of integrity and would never involve myself in corrupt deals just for personal gain. This, therefore, means in every action I take I consider its spill-over effects on others and this forms the basis of all my actions.