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I did something rare for me; I purchased this book. With libraries purchasing books is rarely necessary especially when I have access to 100+ Twin Cities libraries. Furthermore, this book is a huge bestseller, so I could find it at just about any library or even just about every library.
After finding out about the Franklin Covey store, I decided I would have to check it out. On Covey’s audio tapes, he tells a story about how impressed he was at this hotel for having detailed mission statements. So I wanted to see if Franklin Covey practiced what it preached and if it did, I was thinking then I should support the place because it’s about time I give money to a good place instead of all the lousy places I give money too. Indeed Franklin Covey did have a mission statement, and this book is what I ultimately purchased.
Although, I have heard abridged audio versions of this work, I decided I actually needed to get down and read it. Although a good amount of the material was review, it was valuable to have read this book. Sadly, I have found that in too many ways, my old work place is the opposite of what this puts forth.
I am amazed that some of what I have been practicing for awhile and have discovered independently is very similar to what Covey supports. He talks about “synergy” and the Autonomy Party has been a party of synthesis. In fact, I have often used the word synthesis to describe what we do. We pull in the best for competing ideas to make something better. For example, we take the idea that drugs are harmful and should be eradicated from the pro drug war folks and we take the idea that it’s inhumane and unjust too punish people for merely using drugs from the anti-drug war folks to create an altogether new drug policy.
Additionally, one of the chapters is called “Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood”, which title is self explanatory. Federation Without Television has followed this. Our organization has invited diverse speakers representing many ideologies and belief systems and have given them forums to present their views of the world and we learn without judgment.
In the Forward, on Page 9, Covey supports something rational which flies in the face of conventional psychology. Conventional Psychology says it’s bad to have high expectations. I have considered this to be terrible. Covey instead encourages high expectations.
There are many gems through this profoundly wise book. On page 58, Covey says, “always treat your employees actually how you want them to treat your best customers.” That sounds a lot like servant leadership. I wish my former work place practiced that. On page 179, “Trust is the highest form of motivation. It brings out the very best in people.” I don’t know if trust is the absolute highest form of motivation, but he is right that it is something very important. It has felt awesome when people have trusted me at work for example. I do think trust and respect are much harder to fake than approval.
On page 190, he starts to discuss “Six Major Deposits” and the one being “Understanding the Individual”. He discusses how it’s imperative to know a person before we know how to make the person happy since what one likes is not the same as what another likes. That sounds exactly like the “Platinum Rule” which an audio tape was created on.
On page 165, Covey says something ironic, “I have come to believe that many truly great classes teeter on the edge of chaos.” This totally describes Federation Without Television sometimes. One of the members called our meetings “free spirited” and indeed they are because we let them go in just about any direction.
On page 195, Covey says, “Education – continuing education, continually honing and expanding the mind – is vital mental renewal. Sometimes that involves the external discipline of the classroom or systematized study; more often it does not.” I have heard something similar to this many times before, but it’s awesome that Covey
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‘Begin with the end in mind’ This book provides a great blueprint for a successful life.
I for one sometimes wakeup from my cosy bed and feel that this is just another day with no meaning. After reading this book my life suddenly had a foundation for projecting new goals into the universe and a living life with some great goals in place. The book gives you good reasons for planning goals and projects for you as an individual. Your family, your work,. Your community.
Goals have to be in line with your core values and beliefs and this book gives you tools to finding out what those values and beliefs are. Sometimes we plan goals in our lives only to find out years later that the goals we planned were not in line with our true values and beliefs. i.e the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall. It is up to you to put the tools into action and work through the exercises.
When you have completed your mission statement that relate to where you want to go in your life. You will have great reasons to lead a satisfying life with meaning and purpose.
The book seems to have come about from Stephen dealing with issues in his own life that needed attention and he has used his own teaching experience to find practical solutions to these issues and has made it accessible for us all.
I would recommend this book to anyone who would like some assistance with planning a life plan.
Be the person that sidesteps negative energy.
Private victories precede public victories.
P/PC balance .
It's not what happens to us but our response to what happens to us thant hurts us.
People who end with the good jobs are the proactive ones who are solutions to problems.
Positive engergy increases the circle of influence negative energy reduces it. The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly. correct and learn from it. Not to acknowledge it mistake not to correct it and learn from it, is a mistake of a differenet order.