I’m currently reading the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey for probably the 20th time, but this time I wanted to make a quick post analyzing what I read each day. For the readers who like this kind of stuff, I’ll have a quick new post on what I learn everyday, and if you’re not into the self-help stuff, that’s fine too. If you’ve never read “7 Habits”, I would advise you to not only read it, but this is one of the essential books that you should get a hard-cover copy of. Mine is highlighted, marked-up, written on all over, and looks like an ancient document at this point because I’ve gone through it so many times.
I read for 10 minutes every morning, and I’ve gotten to page 54 before I got the idea to post about what I read each day, so that’s where I’m starting from. Here’s my first “7 Habits” post:
Interdependence and the P/PC Balance: pages 48-55
When I started reading this morning, I was on the part where Covey is giving an overview of the 7 habits. The first thing I highlighted said,
“Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually”.
I could write a whole post on that, but it’s clear what that means. It’s also profound- you could sit and think about how that applies to different parts of your life for hours. He then talks about the different meanings of dependence, independence, and interdependence. He is saying that interdependence is our ultimate goal, when we realize that we can accomplish and be fulfilled much more through effective collaboration and relationships with others than by ourselves, whether that’s with family, friends, or in business.
The next part I got to is where Covey introduces the concept of the P/PC Balance, which he illustrates by telling the story of the Goose and the Golden Eggs. I’ll spare you the story obviously, but one line I want to quote here is:
“If you adopt a pattern of life that focuses on golden eggs and neglects the goose, you will soon be without the asset that produces golden eggs”.
This again, is a profound statement that can translate to your physical, financial, and human assets. The main thing I thought of was my own health. I’m still pretty young and healthy, but I know I eat way too much salty and fatty foods, but I’m always telling myself I’m going to quit eating fast food soon… but I’ve been saying that for the last few years.
In our business, this also directly translates directly to our development of core skills. Like I’ve said many times before, the only three things you need to know how to do to have success online is how to develop great content, know how to drive traffic, and know how to monetize that traffic. If you get caught up in jumping from “method to method”, you never give yourself the chance to develop these core skills. That’s why the main thing you need to do is spend all your time and energy getting one site to an income of at least $500 per month, and if you do that, you will have learned these 3 core skills, which you can then replicate as many times as you want.
Alright, that’s my spiel for today- I hope you learned or were reminded of some important things.