7 Habits of highly effective people

“People can’t live with change if there’s not a changeless core inside them. The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.”

—Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, (Get book summary)

“7 Habits” is the one book I’ve come back to over and over (and over!) again since I discovered it nearly a decade ago. In this overview, we’ll contrast effective people vs. ineffective people when in comes to living the 7 habits.

Often times, it helps to understand the opposite of what we wish to become, so that we know what to avoid and so that we’ve got clarity about the qualities we want to embody… Which is why this quick overview (plus, the table below) shows you the 7 habits of ineffective people (on top of the 7 habits of effective people.)

7 Habits of Highly Effective People vs. Ineffective People

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THE 7 habits OF effective people vs. ineffective people




  • HABIT 1: Be Proactive.


  • Be Reactive.
  • HABIT 2: Begin with the End in Mind.


  • Begin with No End in Mind.
  • HABIT 3: Put First Things First.


  • Put Second Things First.
  • HABIT 4: Think "Win-Win."


  • Think "Win-Lose" or "Lose-Win."
  • HABIT 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood.


  • Seek First To Be Understood. 
  • HABIT 6: Synergize. 


  • Compromise, Fight, or Flight.
  • HABIT 7: Sharpen the Saw


  • Wear Out the Saw.

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