Book Summary: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Summary

1.       Be Proactive not reactive.
– It’s not what happen to us , but our response to what happens hurts us
– Focus on what you can change

2.       Begin with the end in mind
– Imagine what people would say about you at your funeral
– What achievement, contributions and difference you’ve made?
– decide what you do every day with the end in mind

3.       Rescript your life, have personal mission statements to live by and help you reach your end goal.

4.       Identify what’s your center and how your life is influence by them
– Spouse
– Family
– Money
– Work
– Possession
– Pleasure
– Friend
– Enemy
– Church

5.       Define what scares you, write down the worst case scenario and how you’re going to overcome it

6.       Put first thing first, do things that will help you achieve your goal first and the rest later

7.       Delegate jobs to people so that you can focus on more important things

8.       Stop wasting time on meetings, phone calls, and popular activities

9.       Focus on important activities like deadline driven projects, crisis and pressing problems

10.   Have a win- win or no – deal mentality:
– Focus on results
– Competitive environment doesn’t work
– Maintain abundance mentality
– Scarcity thinking does not work

11.   Understand other people first before you seek to be understood:
– Learn to listen and speak later
– Listen to understand not to reply
– 10% of communication is words
– 30% is sound
– 60% is body language

12.   We should practice empathic listening instead we tend to respond in 4 ways:
– Evaluate, agree or disagree
– Probe, ask questions base on our own frame of reference
– Advise, give counsel base on our experience
– Interpret, try to figure out their motives and behaviour

1.       We would be able to synergize after we understood each other and we will be able to create new alternative that would benefit each other


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