Why I recommend this — 4 years ago
If I had to come up with a list of books that changed (or will potentially change) the way I approach life, this will definitely be one book that’ll appear on the list.
It’s really been a while since I’ve finished a book and actually felt inspired by what was said.
Like another reviewer commented, this book is so NOT trite. If you are expecting superficial pointers on how you should expand your network/improve your social skills etc to become highly effective (I was actually kinda expecting something like that before I read this), this book is not it. Neither is it a book about management per se. The so-called habits are really principles, which are applicable to all facets of life. Actually there is nothing new about these principles that we do not already know, but Covey helps to articulate, or if you like, put your finger on them.
I particularly like the idea about the Maturity Continuum, and how sometimes, in our quest to assert our independence, we actually become counter-dependent. That’s reactive behaviour, and the result is that you actually regress to the less mature end of the continuum, i.e. dependence. Now I know why certain things that we do look so right but feel so wrong.
This is a truly enlightening read.