This week the business world, and the world as a whole, lost a great man-Stephen Covey. He’s written many books and has taught the world many things about what it means to be a leader. His most well-known book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been on my to-read list for a while, but recently I picked up his book First Things First. Today I thought I would share a few thoughts from that book that spoke to me about Stephen Covey, and about his perspective on business and how we are to live.
1-are you looking at what is “best”, or what is “good”?
2-extreme wake-up calls are necessary today
3-doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things
4-if you don’t take care of the big stuff in your life first, you won’t be able to
5-to get and work towards any goal is an act of courage
6-ask with intent, listen without excuse, act with courage
7-no one person has all the talents, ideas and capacity to perform the functions of the whole
8-our expectations are within our control
In his own words, “…Don’t be seduced by the good, go for the best. Go for that which represents your unique contribution. Make it comfortable to leave the comfort zone and uncomfortable to stay in it…”
I think the best way to honor Covey and respect his legacy is to not just read his words and apply the advice, but to make our unique contributions to the world as he did his. Are you doing what only you can do?