Book Review: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Hi, Everyone! My love of reading has led me to a career as a Reading specialist in a large suburban school district. As such, my goal is always to create lifelong readers and enable my students to understand that reading empowers us like nothing else can. I encourage all of you to make reading a regular part of your lives and your children’s lives and hope that the books reviewed will pique your interest and jumpstart your reading life.
Some books touch our hearts, some books enrich our understanding, and some are downright life-changing. For me, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey definitely belongs in the “life-changing” category. When I was in my early 40’s (two decades ago!) and struggling to manage a full-time teaching position, college courses, and five kids, this book was a new release. Stephen Covey’s habits put time-management in an entirely new perspective. He advocates organizing time according to the principles and values that are at the core of our being. This book does not simply show us how to check off the myriad of tasks that beg attention, it teaches us to first reflect on what is important in our lives and structure our time so that these things take priority and are not overwhelmed my minute, inconsequential activities. To this day, I credit this book with enabling me to meet the physical and emotional needs of a large family, hold down a demanding teaching position, and attain a Master’s degree plus additional credits by taking evening and weekend courses.
Summer often offers blocks of time to kick-back and reflect on how we are living our lives. I recently began to reread this book for at least the third time and find that although it was published over twenty years ago, the commonsense approach to life is as relevant now as it was then. This is a book that speaks to people of every age and state of life. Pick up this classic text and let the wisdom of the Seven Habits transform your life into a more peaceful, productive, principle-centered existence.