The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey is a very interesting book, it has similarities to both “The Secret” and “Self Help by Samuel Smiles”. A unique approach this book has is it us of questions and blank spaces for the reader to answer. This book seems more like a reflection and survey than just a self help book. People can stop and reflect within themselves as they read which I think is a very effective approach. A similarity this book shares with “The Secret” is its many testimonies. To some testimonies may make them believe the text to be more credible but for me its off putting. I feel like the use of “names” is a way to sell people. This book deals with the authors stories and approaches which is a cool aspect. One part I really connected with was

“You might work on your attitude — you could think more positively. You still wouldn’t get to the right place, but perhaps you wouldn’t care. Your attitude would be so positive, you’d be happy wherever you were.

The point is, you’d still be lost. The fundamental problem has nothing to do with your behavior or your attitude. It has everything to do with having a wrong map.

If you have the right map of Chicago, then diligence becomes important, and when you encounter frustrating obstacles along the way, then attitude can make a real difference. But the first and most important requirement is the accuracy of the map”

This quote is a more realistic way of thinking, in “The Secret” it is said if you think positively everything will workout whereas in this text it says you can think positively but that alone won’t solve your issues you have to make sure the whole picture or the “map” is accurate first.

Overall this text was very interesting and it was nice to see how it blended the two previous self help texts we have read while also have some unique aspects.

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