Just the one read to share for the month of July. It was quite a long read but enjoyable and enlightening.
The 7 Principles of Highly Effective People
I am probably late to the party with this read, more so than the majority of “effective people”, but better late than never.
I enjoyed most of the book although it took a while to get through with many examples to make the point. The points are useful but still, once read can be boiled down to a more succinct format.
While there are 7 principles or habits a few stuck with me in my own words, which is important anyway. I also found some of the points very much related to ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) as well. These are some of my major takeaways summarised below.
Be Proactive. Be a proactive person rather than a reactive person. In my opinion, this is good advice because being reactive leads to fear, anxiety and uncertainty.
Do More Important, Non-urgent Work. Urgent, important work leads to burnout – constantly putting out fires. Unimportant, non-urgent work is a waste of time. Being proactive and doing important, non-urgent work lays the groundwork for future success. It’s a habit.
Think Win/Win. We often go into situations, business and personal, aiming for a win/lose situation… win at all costs. On the other hand win/win benefits both parties. This is good for current and future relationships.
Balance. Sharpen the saw is about balancing your physical, spiritual, mental and social dimensions. Being principle-centred is about living by your principles to determine your centre of focus. Rather than being spouse, self or work centred, your principles act as a guide to bring balance to all the centres of life.
If you haven’t given it a read yet I recommend it just to see what lessons you can take out of it. While they are quite common-sense, it’s easy to neglect them if we operate with a narrow sense of awareness.