This is an ongoing series of posts from my reading of the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People“. I read for 10 minutes each morning, and make a quick post about what I learned.
This is an ongoing series of posts from my reading of the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. I read for 10 minutes each morning, and make a quick post about what I learned.
Today in my reading of the 7 Habits, the first lines that I highlighted read:
“One of the immensely valuable aspects of any correct principle is that it is valid and applicable in a wide variety of circumstances”.
This is one of those profound thoughts that you can think about for days. If you take even one fundamental principle such as integrity, and think of all the benefits that would come to a person that truly possessed it, the applications are obviously endless. I think the world has very few people in it that truly embody even one of the real principles of humanity, but we should all try to. This also brings to mind the concept of ‘instant gratification’ versus slow but real growth and change. It really is hard to dedicate time and effort to any endeavor that doesn’t produce instant results, but they always provide the greatest rewards if faithfully pursued.
The next line that I highlighted this morning was in a section about balancing the production of results, and the production capability. Focusing too much on either one will result in failure; there has to be a balance. Covey gives an example of too much focus on production by mentioning a “person endlessly going to school, never producing, living on other people’s golden eggs”. That reminded me of when people spend all of their time reading and “studying” about how to build their online business, instead of just putting real work in. The real learning comes from doing.