Almost all the literature in the first 150 years or so focused on what could be called the “Character Ethic” as the foundation of success—things like integrity, humility, fidelity, temperance, courage, justice, patience, industry, simplicity, modesty and the Golden Rule. Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography is representative of that literature. It is, basically, the story of one man’s effort to integrate certain principles and habits deep within his nature.
"Because of the philosophical nature of the book and the very wide focus, 7 Habits is going to appeal in vastly different ways to different people. There isn’t a universal take-home message here; it really depends on the reality of your own life and where you’re at."— The Simple Dollar
"Stephen Covey's Seven Habits are a simple set of rules for life - inter-related and synergistic, and yet each one powerful and worthy of adopting and following in its own right. For many people, reading Covey's work, or listening to him speak (now in recordings, videos, etc), literally changes their lives."— Business Balls
"Stephen Covey’s book is one of the phenomena of modern personal development writing. It has sold a million copies a year since its release in 1989, has been translated into 32 languages, and forms the intellectual basis of a large corporation."— City Wire
"The majority of Covey’s 7 habits are timeless principles not just for getting stuff done blindly, but for looking at work and yourself from a higher perspective. His habits go to the root of the problem, namely: we can’t improve our efficiency until we know why we’re seeking to optimize, what our goals are, and why we’re all working so damn hard."— Wrike
"Over 25 years later, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People remains one of the most referenced books in its genre. It set the tone not only for Covey’s second book but for an entirely new genre of literature."— Cleverism
"There is really nothing bad to say about this roadmap to a better life. The writing is very accessible and still does a thorough job of fully presenting the information. He even uses diagrams and pictures to help illuminate certain points he is making. Each habit is well discussed, and there are numerous stories and examples throughout each chapter to solidify his message."— Scott Drotar
This book is a business classic that redefined the leadership skills of people after World War I. It is made up of chronicles of lives of some of the most popular people in the 20th century, including former U.S. president D. F. Roosevelt and the steel king, Charles Schwarb. The book
The Law of Success is considered a classical book for its core is how to attain success, the ultimate goal of humanity ever since its creation, through applying fifteen principles. These principles help man harness his powers, overcome his weaknesses, and channel his talents toward a “definite chief aim”. Ever since
Is there a certain key to riches? A surefire secret to riches that is established and proven? If a secret like that exists, it can only be found in the minds of the most successful men on earth, people who built an empire from scratch. That was the task given to
The Character Ethic taught that there are basic principles of effective living, and that people can only experience true success and enduring happiness as they learn and integrate these principles into their basic character.
Many people with secondary greatness—that is, social recognition for their talents—lack primary greatness or goodness in their character.
The Personality Ethic is illusory and deceptive. And trying to get high-quality results with its techniques and quick fixes is just about as effective as trying to get some place in Chicago using a map of Detroit.
Principles are guidelines for the human conduct that are proven to have enduring, permanent value. They’re fundamental. They’re essentially unarguable because they’re self-evident.
As long as we are working in the Circle of Concern, we empower the things within it to control us. We aren’t taking the initiative necessary to effect positive change.
Effectiveness, often even survival, does not depend solely on how much effort we expend, but on whether or not the effort we expend is in the right jungle.
By centering our lives on correct principles and creating a balanced focus between doing and increasing our ability to do, we become empowered in the task of creating effective, useful, and peaceful lives… for ourselves and for our posterity.
To begin with, anyone can have a great career. It doesn’t matter what your line of work is. It’s all in how you define “Great Career”. Do you define it as something that brings you a lot of money and power? Of course a livable wage is important, but this is
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