The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by
Stephen Covey must be one of my favorite books on habits, next to the Power of Habit by Charles
Duhigg. We need strong habits in our lives in order to achieve greatness. Aristotle once
said “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
The first three habits are all about going from being dependant to being self-reliant,
just like I talked about in the 50th Law and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay. One of the greatest
virtues a Master must develop is Independence – Working With Yourself
1st – Be Proactive You focus on positive results. You focus on
solutions, instead of problems. Where unsuccessful people fingerpoint, take no responsibility
for their actions and try to always shift the blame on others. You understand things
don’t always go as planned, but it’s how we react to them that defines our character.
You hold yourself accountable, even if the problem at hand might not be your fault. This
way you can take a stoic objective look at what happened, figure it out and keep it from
happening again. If you’re stressed by something that is out
of your control like bad wheather, you save your energy by not complaining and keeping
a calm, peaceful mind about it. If you can actively do something about it,
like take control of your nutrition and fitness, focusing on staying healthy through workouts,
sleep and meditation, then be proactive and go for it.
2nd – Begin with the End in Mind If you have no goals, you can’t strive for
them. So, if we decide to lose some weight at the
gym for example, we know we want to burn a lot of calories until we’re about 10 pounds
lighter and we keep track of it with a workout plan leading all the way up to achieving that
goal. You ever notice how the people with the least
ambition seem to have no goals in life? That’s not a coincidence, as you need to plan all
the way to the end, as Robert Greene would state.
3 – Put First Things First You prioritize what’s important and urgent
and you don’t work for work’s sake or waste time and energy on unimportant tasks as a
form of procrastination. The next step is always the most important one. The unsuccessful
avoid the work that they should’ve gotten done weeks ago out of fear of rejection or
confrontation, but no matter how unpleasant the task is, if it’s essential to getting
ahead, you push through it. Also, by not forgetting what’s important to us, like family, friends
and health, we don’t get too caught up in work. You put yourself first, because it improves
everything you focus on after. Interdependence is just as important as independence
– Working With Others 4 – Think Win-Win
You understand that the best deals in business and in overall life benefit all parties involved.
Not only do you get value out of the equation, but you’re giving value back. Gary Vaynerchuk,
a living legend, says “Whoever gives value first, wins.” You’re not focusing on what
you can get or take. You focus on what you can give and how you can be helpful to others.
The rich are generous, not because they have a lot of money, but they have a lot of money,
because they are generous. I think that’s a pretty good line right there.
5 – Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood You emphasize with other people and you understand
that you might not always be right, so you keep an open mind and try to see the other
person’s perspective. By understanding where they’re coming from and what concerns they
might have you can communicate with that person more effectively and thus both grow through
a constructive argument. When you see something out of the ordinary,
you’re not quick to judge and put it in a box. Instead you embrace new ideas and learn
throughout the process. 6 – Synergize
You seek to share resources and work together, because you know you will be stronger, faster
and smarter, when you help eachother out through collaborative teamwork. If we take a look
at soccer, we see that every player has a function and their goal is to get the ball
into the net and they only way they can achieve that is by synergizing. By teamwork.
So far we’ve seen that these 3 habits establish your self-reliance and these 3 habits develop
your social dynamics. The 7th Law is more general and influences every part of your
life. Sharpen the Saw is about Continuous Improvements.
Continuous Improvements 7- Sharpen the Saw
Here, the sharpness of the saw symbolizes how effective, how good you really are and
the fact of the matter is that we need to work on ourselves until the day we die. The
saw is never sharp enough. I remember one of my teachers asking me “Isn’t that sad?
That you never reach a stop sign?” and after thinking about her question many times now
for years, I can say, I stand by the response I gave her. “No,” I said “there’s something
beautiful about that. We don’t get to see the stop sign, because it is not until our
last breath, that we stop pursuing a better self.”
In other words, what happens to a flower when it stops growing? It dies. I think we are
very similar in that regard. The meaning of life for me, and I’m not alone
in this, is fulfilling my true potential. I want to be the greatest man I can be and
I want to encourage others on their path to becoming their best self. This is what Stephen
Covey calls the 8th Habit. Finding your voice and inspiring others to find theirs.
As always thanks for watching & subscribe for my upcoming review on the 8th Habit of
Highly Successful People by Steven Covey. Talk to you soon.


  1. Hello everyone,

    quick thought salad on habits – what we do on a regular basis, good or bad, is essentially who we are & who we become as a person. Every single day we brush our teeth (& if some of you, for whatever reason do not, please prioritize this immediately, if you haven't already, there's no better time to start than now) we routinely execute familiar steps – habitual behaviour, that we've been taught by our parents. The stronger a habit the less likely it is for you to break it. So, if you brush your teeth first thing in the morning daily, it's fairly easy to continue doing so. That's why we don't have to think about it, it just comes natural to us.

    But the same applies with bad habits & fact is that we're kinda lazy & seek conformity, which when we lack self-discipline makes us develop harmful addictions real fast & easy. It's important to know that you can change. Anybody telling you otherwise is a full blown idiot. It's true & the reason it angers me is, because so many people who want to change let themselves be fooled by others who've tried & failed. Now they tell others they can't do it… & lacking confidence lots of people just take it at face value. I won't let those kind of people, with their loser mentality, get in the way of me pursuing my mission, of which a big part is the 8th Habit (Finding your own voice & inspiring others to find theirs).

    The 7 habits presented within this book aren't simply a successful entrepreneur's way of handling things. Any human being who wants to be their best self & improve absolutely should adopt

    1. Being goal-oriented & reliable,
    2. Planning all the way to the end,
    3. Prioritizing well,
    4. Sharing success,
    5. Sympathizing & keeping an open-mindedness,
    6. Collaborating, instead of competing
    & 7. Focusing on consistent growth

    The way you do anything is the way you do everything.

    Please consider the presented ideas & have a beautiful day.
    – Nenad (illacertus)

    PS: Yes, I did say successful people instead of effective. The combination of reading it years ago & working your ass off to make the most out of your 2 weeks vacation will do that to you & of course I totally did it on purpose (see Law 46). 😉

  2. You should get yourself a pop stopper for your microphone. They're cheap on amazon. Also, I like how you've been finding common themes through out the books you've reviewed.

  3. Clark Kegley - Refusing to Settle

    Great job on this, man. Really digging the illustrations + clear concise format. Thumbs up!

  4. Haha you said "The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People" at the beginning, isn't it "Effective"?

    No biggie, great vid! Keep it up 🙂

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  6. I absolutely loved this!!!!

    It reinforced me i am totally on the right track. My favourite quote of all time, which describes me beautifully is

    "Seek to Understand, not to be understood"

    To hear you say something of a sort and for the other 6 to match me so well. Brilliant. Thank you. Lets get Successful

    Improvement Never Finishes! Continue to be the best you can be People!

  7. madan mohan Kayastha

    I am a long term investor and believe that greed is the cause of worries in buying stocks ie to maximize your return which one can never since market price of stock which is like buying any commodity cannot be predicted except based on past record you can make a projection but what will happen you do'nt know.I think one should have a bench mark of return to fight the inflation plus at least the net return from Fd etc.My bench mark is 20% in a year time and then take a call to sell apart or whole based on information of the company plans whether expanding or selling asset to reduce debt . When you buy a stock you become a business partner till you sell off.When you have your business you put your hard earned and get return if you make a profit over a period.The video has given the basic and educative.Large cap small cap etc are based on capitalistion based on market value.Oil chemical companies metals etc are the need and without that your pharmaceutical paint etc cannot survive.Service industries are essential but these are also dependent on basic manufacturing industries.
    Every investor should see this video and ponder over it. No one can guarantee the return since factors global internal and policies of GOVT and Companies etc influence.ROE and ROI bothh are important for decision to buy a stock.However profit be booked based on your benchmark and understanding of the company

  8. Dude. Illacertus, you are the man. This is quality material, phenomenal illustration, and the best semi-subtle humor I have seen on You have really outdone yourself, and I'm thrilled to have stumbled upon your work here. Thanks!

  9. Great Video. Had not read the book for a few years and this bought it all back very clearly. Keep up the great work!

  10. I believe in 8th grade where we had to read this book called 7 habits of highly effective teens, there was a part where it said look for the best possible solution as advice, wow I never would have guessed, and then there was a point it said you should do your homework, wow i didn't know that, but I read the book in bits only a few parts did I actually read, because again class, so maybe it's good? I don't know, maybe it was the class?

  11. I feel sad that these vidz only have about 50k likes while all stupid silly vidz have millions of likes and comes up in new and trending videos. People should watch these and most importantly read these books to get solutions for the problems they are facing.

  12. Subscribed clicked the bell I keep adding your vids to my watch later list. I'm contemplating on taking notes. Thank you for all these vids

  13. communists: capitalists dont care about helping, they are greedy and only think about themselves!
    book written in collaboration with sucessful capitalists: see how you can give value to others first and foremost

  14. You are really clear and concise. Books and information that you share are in my library, but I never have time to read them.. Thank you, Earnestly, for your valued summary of so many great readings.

  15. ive read that book several times years ago and i must say your video is amazing. this is the way that subject material should be taught.

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