“The way we communicate with others and ourselves ultimately determines our quality of life.” Yes, there is power in the spoken word. But, most of us aren’t AWARE of what we say, how we say it, and how it affects every aspect of our lives. Too often we get into bad habits and say whatever pops into our heads without thinking. Good communicators are aware of what they say, how they say it, and how well they listen. Talking is possibly the smallest piece of the communication puzzle.
It's not something to regret. It's something to aspire to”. Sacrifices can be extremely hard to make but they can be for the best because we usually make them for the ones we love. People might see their own sacrifices as set backs but they are actually brave moves. Now, what I got from reading this part of the book
Also, the video seemed easier to interpret and follow along with, as the written version required rereading for greater comprehension. The video was entertainment still, which this viewer believes is at least in part a test of good writing. One could not watch it, without feeling the anguish Woolf felt at being suppressed where she so much wanted to grow. That sympathy is what effects people to support her
“But dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of” is a word of wisdom from Poor Richard to procrastinators (Ben Franklin). Some people say that time is relevant and this is true in a more scientific view of the universe, but in human life, time is essential. I, like many others, have a bad habit to procrastinate. This only gives temporary enjoyment before beginning to stress over getting things done that have piled up. Procrastinators spend more time stressing over things that are due than those who get their work done before hand and can enjoy any extra time stress free.
The traits that would be detrimental to Woodside would be being permissive and lack of guidance. Woodside showed that he is permissive because he was covering the mistakes and even staying late to cover the mistakes of others. He showed lack of guidance because he was unable to help George with his business and personal problems. I think that Woodside showed that he possessed both types of leadership traits. There is no doubt that he is a people-oriented leader by getting along with his colleagues and had developed trust with all of his subordinates.
People conform to the ideals that surround them to be accepted by the herd, but almost as equally destructive is the general fear of speaking out even when you know something’s wrong; to let your voice be heard despite the savage contesters. This is where humanity went wrong. We all hold the choice in our hands to dig ourselves out of this quickly sinking grave, but so far no one has chosen that path. We could turn off the TV, burn the tabloids, and put away the goofy trends. Thoreau once wrote, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation”, and he was right.
Covey defines being proactive as “It means more than merely taking initiative. It means that as human beings, we are responsible for our own lives.” Proactive people are people that take the worst of a situation and turn it around and make the best of the situation. Avoid being reactive and looking at the negative side of any situation. One of my favorite parts of this chapter is when Covey explains the difference between being proactive and reactive. Many
It is vital to you that you enjoy your work; if this is the case, you quickly become a pure workaholic. Your creativity best takes effect when you work independently; but you are very good at motivating others and infecting them with your optimistic nature. Conceptual or advisory activities appeal especially to Groundbreaking Thinkers. It can happen that some people feel somewhat duped by your flexible, spontaneous nature. As a Groundbreaking Thinker, you are one of the extroverted personality types.
Adopt the attitude that the customer is always right and look for ways of pleasing them. Customers are the best source of information an what pleases them: ask for feedback on your service and react to it. After-sales service is often neglected. There are always teething problems in new buildings, shrinkage cracks, stiff doors and windows etc. might seem trivial to a contractor, but to customers they are serious.
This was the perfect habit to introduce the rest because it showed the reader Covey’s direction from the beginning. I feel like this habit will prove to help me personally because I tend to show indecision in my actions at times. I now realize that because my actions tend to be rational in nature, I should take initiative sooner than later. Indecision in business shows weakness and a lack of knowledge, so taking initiative not only makes things easier, but it also demonstrates confidence in leadership. Leadership requires planning, and making goals ahead of time is important for success.