Book: "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" - my review

Written by Christopher Lewis. Posted in Blog

During 1990s, Dr. Stephen R. Covey was considered to be one among the TIME Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Americans.

With his dazzling personality, he could impress the individuals as well as the crowd quite effortlessly. The people at that time wondered how he could carry such sumptuousness in his personality.

And, when his book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change’ was first published in the year 1990; the people all over America rushed to get the glimpse of the secrets that rendered him such an influential personality

Everyone there was immensely curious to know the secrets of the effective personality. Soon the people across the globe became eager to read the book, and more than 10 million copies got sold within a very short span of time.

It became the groundbreaking bestseller of the time, and the sale of the book still continues unabated.

The 7 habits

The 7 habits are organized in a sequence in different chapters. The chapters include:

  1. Be Proactive
  2. Begin with the End in Mind
  3. Put First Things First
  4. Think Win-Win
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the Saw

Depicting the seven habits of highly effective people, this book is a real guide to those who desire to develop their entire personality and become effective in the personal and professional life.

The First Three Habits

The first three habits (habits 1, 2 & 3) mentioned in the book are related to how you can achieve mastery over your self.

These three habits, let you know how you can and you should attain self-mastery.

Dr. Stephen R. Covey unfolds that the private victories are the precursors of the public victories, and unless you attain the private victory, you cannot think of attaining the public victory.

The Last Three Habits

The next three habits (habits 4, 5 & 6) deal with how you should achieve public victory.

These three habits tell us about the teamwork, communication, and cooperation, etc. These habits tell us how you can attain interdependence.

All these habits, from 1 to 6, deal with the transformation of an individual from dependence to independence, and finally to interdependence.

The Final Amalgamation of All Habits

The habit 7 is the final habit and embodies all the previous six habits into one.

It deals with how an individual can and should move towards constant growth or improvement.

Who can benefit from this book?

Whether you are an individual, professional, or a businessman; all can equally benefit from this book.

Not only will it entice you to be more effective, but also it will reveal the secret about how you can escalate the influential glow of your personality to greater heights.

At times, you may feel that the writer is trying to complicate the simple things and thus making them hard to understand. Also, if you have read enough books related to personality development, you may find some ideas somewhat obsolete.

But the way the writer puts them forth is really interesting and effective, and they show you how you can be very much effective by practically implementing these valuable habits.


Consisting of the valuable habits, the book reveals the secrets about how an individual can be highly effective by permeating these habits in one’s life.

Some habits may appear to be somewhat familiar, but the ways to permeate them are very much unique and the book is really a promising piece if you desire to build an impressive and effective personality.


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