This book review first appeared in the April 2020 publication of Parents in Biz magazine where I am delighted to be providing quarterly book reviews. Do check out the magazine, there is always lots of great content for anyone who owns a small business and wants practical advice, and inspiration.
Are there books that you have always been aware of but haven't read?
For me it was ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen R. Covey. I always wanted to find out what the habits were and whether I had them, so finally I read it.
This book is a classic business text. Published in 1988 with 15 million copies sold globally.
I won’t reveal what the 7 habits are, because there is a lot of context around each one that is well worth reading, but I will tell you what I have gained from the book in the following take away points.
Take away One - To be successful in life and in your career, you have to be prepared to do the hard thing. People who tackle the hardest things clear the way for all that comes next. By putting things off it creates blocks and drains personal energy. Do the hard thing. Reap the benefits.
Take away Two - Create focus in your life. Life is short. If you don’t want to waste your precious time, focus better.
Take away Three Try to see things from another persons perspective first, this creates more agreement enabling you to move through your goals quickly.
Take away Four - Think about what you can do to improve situations. Work on yourself first. When things go off track check that it isn't you causing the blockage.
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