My grandma’s favorite story was about how
everything cost two cents when she was young. But now, everything constantly got more expensive.
And it was all because of the government. These uneducated pigs didn’t know how to
control prices. When I was privileged to hear this story, her complaining would last for
hours. And that is exactly what reactive people do.
They always focus on the things they cannot control. It’s not possible that a concept
like inflation would exist. And if it did, it’s impossible that they wouldn’t know
about it! On the other hand, proactive people realize
that even if their complaining were completely objective, it does not help them. So, they
focus on what they can control. If a proactive person owns a business where he sells a product,
instead of focusing on how people these days don’t appreciate good products and how the
government has horrible regulations, he thinks, “How can I improve my product, so my customers
can’t live without it?” Do you realize how much responsibility, how
much dedication, how much hard work comes along with asking that question? And what
do you think our effort-minimizing brain is going to pick as default? And that is exactly
why most people focus on the things they cannot control rather than focusing on the things
that they can. Therefore, habit number 1 is, be proactive. Imagine you’re at a funeral, but this one’s
different from all the funerals you have ever been to. You’re standing over the casket
and you see yourself. What do you have to say about yourself? This is one of the most
powerful questions you could ask. Are you doing the things in your life which
are aligned with what you want to be able to say? Do you want to say that you were a
good spouse? If that’s the case, how does coming home and instantly being negative towards
your spouse affect that? Do you want to be remembered as a person who added value to
society? If that’s the case, are you doing the things that will allow you to say that,
or are you scared of failure and choose comfortable mediocrity? Almost every one of us will have to readjust
how we live when we ask this question. Habit number 2 is: begin with the end in mind. If I were to ask you, “What are the most
important things to you?” The most common answers I would get would be either your wellbeing
or your relationships—your family, your spouse, your children. You would never ever
say, “Organizing papers or watching TV…” But how many of us spend more time organizing
papers and watching TV than planning our nutrition and going to the gym, or cultivating a healthy
family environment? There’s a horrible disconnect between what
we say and how we actually allocate our time. Habit number 3 is: put first things first. Imagine you’re an author, and I’m an author.
We both write interesting books and we both have access to an audience of about a 100,000
people. I read your book and I love it. So I decide to share it with my audience. As
a result, you now have 1,000s of people buying your book and reading your ideas. You see
this and think, “Who is this guy? Let me look at his book.” You start reading my
book and think I have ideas that are valuable. So you decide to share it with your audience.
As a result, I have 1,000s of people buying my book and reading my ideas now. Notice how different this is from my creating
a little, creepy Amazon account, finding your book and leaving a bad review, hoping that
this will deter a few people from buying your book which will in turn somehow get them to
buy my book. Habit number 4 is: think win-win. Stop thinking
of everything as a zero-sum game. For you to win, another person does not have to lose. Something I want my viewers to do is to subscribe
to my channel, but you will never hear me say “Well, I worked really hard. I dedicated
so many hours to this. Please subscribe.” Who cares if I worked hard? Who cares if I’ve
spent days creating this video? The real questions are does it offer value to you? Why should
you dedicate your precious time to subscribing when you could be doing anything else you
want? Habit number 5 is something that I use literally
every single day, with every interaction that I have, and with every comment that I reply
to, and it is this: seek first to understand, then to be understood. Imagine there are two people and a tree with
five apples on it. They are both too short to reach the apples, but if one of them sits
on the other’s shoulders, he can reach all five of the apples. This is called synergy.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Now I’ll be the first one to admit that
you can’t achieve this with everyone, but you should always be striving for synergy.
With every synergistic opportunity you create, you can gather many more apples than you otherwise
would by yourself. Habit number 6 is: Synergize. A man has been trying to cut down a tree for
hours. After a while his neighbor can’t take it anymore, goes over and says, “You
know, if you sharpen the saw, you’ll be able to cut it down faster.” And the man
replies, “But, sharpening the saw is going to take time.” We laugh at this story yet we do the same
thing all the time. We can’t find 45 minutes a day, 4 times a week to go to the gym. Our
health deteriorates to a point where we’re physically incapable of being effective. We
can’t read a book for 15 minutes a day and mentally stimulate ourselves. We don’t build up our home environments, and we end up with toxic families. We don’t cultivate
friendships. These things take too much time! And then we have the audacity to ask for little
tips and tricks on how to be effective. It’s like telling your engineer, “Don’t worry
about the foundation, where can we get the magic bricks that float in the air?” Habit number 7 is: sharpen the saw. And these are the 7 habits of highly effective
people by Stephen Covey.


  1. HI
    FightMediocrity the resume in the description ads more value to the content,it will be nice if you posted to the rest of the video a resume in the descpription.
    Thank you for the video and time.

  2. Great video, I have watched twice now! Ps.. Thanks for placing the different times of each of the 7 habits in the description for faster reference and viewing πŸ™‚

  3. That's what I was looking for! thank you … I'd also advise to look courses to increase efficiency on … there were a few authors who gave good advices…

  4. As much as I live for making music, I love motivating people. Check out my Channel for fantastic music, silly and motivational videos.

  5. Follow these habits? Take your idea big and become the entrepreneur you've dreamed of Β being with Lufthansa's Runway to Success.

  6. Love what you do here, taking great works and not only distilling their salient points but also creating visuals that help us remember them. Befofre deciding whether to buy one of these books, its good to see your representations of what they have to say. Great job! The more you can review the happier I'll be bc all the books you choose are ones ive either already read and like the refresher, or want to read. Keep up the solid work my dude.

  7. great summary…it was a cool
    reminder regarding think win win and synergy…i need to work with people to get my ideas forward instead of feeling as though i want to do it all myself and not to see them succeed

  8. Hello brother. I just want to say THANK YOU. These videos are excellent and Really taught me how to be a better, successful person as well as get started on more reading! You deserve a million subscribers haha Keep up the great work and hope for more in the future!

  9. Before you even told me to only subscribe if your thoughts and ideas add value to me I already thought it did and subscribed really good video. Its true successful people Β be the best they can be by being positive and planning and what they can change.

  10. I actually took a college course on this book and enjoyed learning the principles of Covey's book. The coursse was on stress management. This video inspired me to review the book and start practicing the habits again. Thanks for the video!!

  11. I absolutely try to routinely think about habit 2, the funeral exercise because it helps me prioritize my day. I don't think I will ever look back on my life and regret missing an episode of the Kardashians or spending extra time at work. However, I would regret missing out on spending time with my kids.

  12. mind blown. iv lost touch and have recently been thinking along these lines. time to work on things that matter and create a better life

  13. So your channel was recommended to me by one of my current mentors (a Sandler Training guy) and have subbed, and like others have said, I'm now binge watching your channel, working from the start.

    You've just saved me a ton of time reading this book πŸ˜€

    Thanks for taking the time and effort to do these (I wonder how many realise how much effort it takes to do this kind of thing? Thinking "I know, I'll start a YT Channel to help attract more wealth" is easy. Actually doing it isn't…) And thanks for sharing the little PDF cheat sheet too – something to stick to the cubicle / home wall next to the vision board πŸ˜€

    It's great to see so much positivity in the comments too.

  14. There are several components to achieving success. These include:
    Taking control of your own health.
    Learning about the power of the mind.
    Following the path of successful people.
    One place I found which combines these is the Magic Progress Shortcut (check it out on google) definately the best info on success i've seen. Check out this extraordinary site.

  15. your videos are so awesome
    i am really happy and motivated to see all of them
    Thanks for inspiring people through this animation!

  16. I came across your channel by accident and am so glad I did. The best 8 minutes of a chance encounter on YouTube I've ever seen! Thank you, Stephen! These kinds of videos can really be so inspiring. Subscribed!

  17. It is quite funny how Tai Lopez video comes up as ad on most videos. Is Tai a Youtube co-founder. #confused

  18. Formula of success: Stop chasing it. The more needs and desires you have the less adaptable and fulfilled you become when you dont get what you want. And you have no control, life can take away literary everything you have at any time. People spend this short life chasing success, money, fame, status etc unknowing that they already have what they want, they just cant see it. Google truthcontest, enter it, click the earth icon and read the present. The difference between learning the truth and not learning it is everything.

  19. Hey Bud,

    I've been listening to your wisdom and it inspired me to write a book on my specialty. I wanted to eliminate all of the BS. Do you think you can maybe review my book?



  20. I really like your videos !
    But the only thing I want to do atm is complaining. There is so much bad things going on right now and it feels so unfair. I'm really trying to think about the positive sides of everything but when I go home and I'm by myself I just want to shout out to the world how unfair everything is. I can't stop complaining to my boyfriend about anything and I do think it makes me feel better cause for once I can leave everything out but I know its not good for our relationship. I know probably 70% of the world population has way bigger problems than I do but I just can't feel their pain as much as my own and I do try…
    Do you have any advice for me?

  21. what do we need to make it:
    working hard?
    having chances ?
    knowing ppl that can put u on the right track .?
    what is fear of failure .?
    what abt talant .?
    whats is working hard.? , how anybody would know if they have worked hard or not.?
    i do things but i nvr reach stability nd by time i end up with failure (sports, during college nd after college, work, family relationships, ).
    they say success is physiocoligical ,whats that.?
    in my mind im always successful but in reality im nvr.
    ive studied 5 years in engineering school nd yet i can't get enough 2 pay my bills why do i hv 2 study more nd again pay more.?
    how im supposed 2 find out what i want? thats insanely

  22. Why did you portray the guy in 6:17 to be a black guy? Subconscious Racism ? What are you telling your viewers when you color everyone else yellow/light brown but the guy with an AK47 dark brown?

  23. not only very helpful for people who haven't read, but also for ppl who have read so that in future they can come back and take a look at this video.
    Things that actually u need to apply like Ole of influence, Time Matrix have been covered
    thanks man!

  24. I'm Educating Myself

    This is one of those book when you are not satisfied with your current life and you start to look for a solutions on how you can improve and develop yourself; acquire some new habit which can be useful in life. Although this book is mostly recommended for people who are interested in entrepreneurship and business, it's still a good reading material for everyone who want to start working on self-improvement.

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