For over 25 years, Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits series has been the go-to read in the self help niche. First published in 1990, it has been the unparalleled bestseller in the category.
This particular book is helpful in a realistic way – the way it sets goals for the reader is quite effective to say the least. As a reader, it has you making checklists in your mind as you go. Covey realizes that adopting new habits can be a huge step to take, which is why, this book emphasizes on every step of the process. The changes you need to make in your life BEFORE you start adapting to these bigger changes. Learning is a curve, not a jump. You can’t be on step one at first and then suddenly make a jump to step seven – no. It’s a slow but effectual process.
“The best way to predict your future is to create it” says Covey. And that is exactly what he helps the reader realize in the book. It’s your ultimate guide to go from dependence to independence to interdependence. Habits 1-3 are for personal growth, moving from dependence to independence – the subtle yet powerful changes you need to develop on an individual level to take the next step. View it as a pre-requisite to bigger change. Habits 4-7 cover the aspects of change you need to adopt in order to master teamwork, and cooperation – the curve moves along from independence to interdependence. Social harmony, if you may.
The gist of it is that one needs to keep on moving forward –progressing, never regressing. If you are looking for an easy yet complicated guide to improving yourself, this book checks all the boxes on self-help in a positive way.