Why is it a good book:
This book is a pioneer of modern self-help personal development literature. Since it was published in 1989, it has sold around 1 million copies every year, as well as having been translated into 32 languages. It goes against the idea of the ‘quick fix, and encourages us to build a new way of life through habits. One of the key concepts Covey introduces is that the ‘personal victory’ comes before the ‘public victory’. It empowers readers to make changes that will last in an easy to grasp, actionable way.
The following review is from Trent Hamm’s article on The Simple Dollar.
The entire premise of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is that most people deal with the problems in their life in a scattershot fashion, and this scattershot fashion leads to disillusionment and disorder. Covey’s answer to this is that to be a truly effective person, you need to learn to solve personal and professional problems with a integrated and principle-centered approach – in other words, the decisions you make both personally and professionally should come from the same core
The book is really about developing that core set of values to the point where it’s easy to draw solutions to problems from them, making you a much more effective person in all aspects of life. The seven habits, thus, are ways to draw out the fundamental truths in your life and make them accessible to you at all times, so that when you’re faced with problems, you can easily solve them in a consistent and sensible fashion.
Follow the link to read a more detailed overview of the 7 habits covered in the book