The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Review

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I am hosting a guest on my blog. See information below. There is some links to the blog of  Junaid Raza. This sounds like a really good book that the review is on. Actually I have not heard of the book or author.  Definitely a learning experience. 


If you have been a listener to motivational speakers or business consultants or you use to read personal development books then you must have heard of the book ” The 7 Habits by Highly Effective People”.

It was written by Stephen Covey in 1989 but still very popular.

It is frequently mentioned by almost  all the motivational writers and speakers.

It implies a great impact on its readers.

It helped to change the lives of many people to make them successful.

Stephen Covey, in this book, has tried to lead the reader towards the way to long-lasting success.

A temporary success can be attained easily but if you’re looking for a permanent success in life, you must read and follow the key steps to success, mentioned in the book.


Here is a list of the habits that are mentioned in the book by Stephen Covey.


  1. Be proactive
  2. Begin with the End in Mind
  3. Put First Things First
  4. Think Win-Win
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the Saw


  1. Be proactive

Being proactive means to take responsibility for what ever you’re. It’s a habit of highly effective people that they don’t blame others for whatsoever has happened to them.

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.

– Dr. Stephen R. Covey

So, to be highly effective you will need to take responsibility for whatever you’re. If you’re not successful or not rich its not your parent’s fault but it’s you who lead yourself to such a situation.

If you were born poor, that’s not your mistake. If you die poor it’s your fault.

– Bill Gates


  1. Begin with the end in the mind

It’s another most important habit of highly effective people, what do you want to be at the end? Will you be satisfied with the end?

For example, you’re struggling hard to do something. You want to achieve your dreams, did you ever think after decades, how will you feel for the struggle? Would you be satisfied?


  1. Put first thing first

It’s the other habit mentioned in the book for personal development.

If you’re looking for self-improvement then you need to organize the things. You should be clear about what’s important for you and what not. Keep the first things first.

In other words, don’t waste your time in the things that are not much essential to do at the time. Do the things that add value in your time.


4- Think win-win

It’s a paradox situation. It has a great impact on peoples lives. When your think win-win then you have better chances to think better and face situations with more passion. You feel energetic and has fewer fears.


5 – Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

“If I were to summarize in one sentence the single most important principle I have learned in the field of interpersonal relations, it would be this: Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”


“Most people listen with the intent to reply, not to understand”.

– Stephen Covey

It’s what you can understand easily now that you should improve your communication skills with listening powers. If you don’t want to understand it, you will never get the secrets.


  1. Synergize

It means people don’t believe that they can alone change the world or make things happen. They don’t need anybody else or they can become one man army. They do know that everyone can be an expert at something, everyone has its own exposures to solve the problems. So there is no need to do everything and make mistakes. It’s better to utilise others powers and abilities.


  1. Sharpen the saw

It’s the most common term in professional and personal lives. You will always need to sharpen the saw.

It means in the areas of life –  physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual – there should be a balanced self-renewal with time.


About the author:

Junaid Raza is a motivational writer and speaker, who use to read and write on personal development, success, relationships and money on his blog

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