Professor Belli | Spring 2022 | City Tech | ENG 3402: Topics in Literature

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”

I read the book “The seven of Highly Effective People” By Stephen Covey. Stephen Covey has aspects of our previous books, The Secret and Self Help. Though it has some elements similar to The Secret, such as wanting something, you have to believe in yourself to obtain it. Still, Covey does not promote just thinking of something, and eventually, it will come true. Instead, the book draws its similarity to Samuel Smiles Self- Help. Covey said in life, you must live by these natural laws and put in the work from the “inside out.” Part One Paradigms and Principle. My quote from the book “The Character Ethic” taught that there are basic principles of practical living. People should experience true success and enduring happiness if they try to integrate these principles into their essential character.” This piece of information is valid because it creates real change, which has to come from within, using what Covey calls, the “Inside-Out” technique. To make meaningful and lasting change, we first need to work on our character (the “inside”) before we can begin to influence others effectively. (Page 26). He focuses on changing your mindset or paradigm before changing your outward appearance. Covey wants his readers to read his book and work hard first to change their perspective, and it will lead them to the goal of becoming proactive people. Only hard work can change your perception, and eventually you.

1 Comment

  1. dmondel

    Hi Julie
    I think you mentioned very important points the text such as the character ethic point of view and the comparison you made from the previous texts from this course

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