Today’s topic was all cued up and ready to go… and then I heard about the passing of Stephen Covey and felt it would be more appropriate to reflect on what his work meant to me.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People was the first business book that had an impact on my career. It was the first business seminar I experienced; the first opportunity I had to focus on personal development outside of academia.
What an amazing foundation on which to build a career. Because of this early learning, putting “first things first” and understanding the importance of “sharpening the saw” are fundamental to how I organize and prioritize my activities and life. I try my very best to focus on what is important versus what is urgent. And time for rejuvenation is always a part of my planning.
Above and beyond the specific seven habits, Covey also introduced the idea of the abundance mentality. On The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Wikipedia page, the abundance mentality is described as this:
Covey coined the idea of abundance mentality or abundance mindset, a concept in which a person believes there are enough resources and success to share with others. He contrasts it with the scarcity mindset (i.e., destructive and unnecessary competition), which is founded on the idea that, if someone else wins or is successful in a situation, that means you lose; not considering the possibility of all parties winning (in some way or another) in a given situation. Individuals with an abundance mentality are able to celebrate the success of others rather than feel threatened by it.
Expect that everyone can win. Sharing information and helping others doesn’t mean that we have less; it often means that we have more. Celebrate success even when it isn’t your own.
What a legacy to leave. Thank you.