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  • I remember 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.

  • And when I was privileged enough to hear this story,

  • her complaining would last for hours and hours.

  • And that's exactly what reactive people do. They always focus on the things that 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, Look, even if my complaining were completely

  • objective, it doesn't help me. So I'm going to focus

  • on what I 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 anymore,

  • and how the government has horrible regulations, he focuses on,

  • 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 that they cannot control,

  • rather than focusing on the things that they can.

  • Habit number 1 is: be proactive.

  • Now imagine youre at a funeral, but this one’s different from all the funerals

  • you've ever been to. Youre 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 instead?

  • Almost every one of us will have to readjust how we live when we ask that question.

  • Habit number 2 is: begin with the end in mind.

  • Now 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 relationshipsyour 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.

  • Now imagine youre an author, and I’m an author.

  • And 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. And 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 take a 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. And as a result,

  • I now have 1,000s of people buying my book and reading my ideas.

  • 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 guys.

  • I dedicated so many hours to this. Please subscribe.”

  • Look, 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? And Why should you dedicate your time to subscribing,

  • when you could be doing anything else that you want?

  • Habit number 5 is something that I try to use 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.

  • Now 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 to admit that you can’t achieve this with everyone,

  • but you should always be looking for opportunities to create 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.

  • And after a while his neighbor can’t take it anymore,

  • goes over and says, “You know, if you sharpen the saw, youll

  • be able to cut it down faster.” And the man replies,

  • But, sharpening the saw is going to take time.”

  • Now we might laugh at this story, but we do the same thing all the time.

  • We can’t find 30 minutes a day, 4 times a week to go to the gym.

  • Our health deteriorates to a point, where were physically incapable of being

  • effective. We can’t read a book for 15 minutes a day

  • and mentally stimulate ourselves. No! 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 will float in the air?”

  • Habit number 7 is: sharpen the saw.

  • And these are the 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey.

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THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE BY STEPHEN COVEY - ANIMATED BOOK REVIEW

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    Jimmy Chen posted on 2015/04/21
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