A couple weeks ago I went to a training seminar on time management, personal productivity, and project prioritization in a semi-swanky hotel in midtown NYC. Aside from walking out of the training with countless tools to better prioritize people, projects, and time, I came out with a book suggestion that’s already pushing me to think about my life and how I operate.
I’d heard of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, but I never felt compelled to pick it up until the instructor walked the class through the 7 gems. Oh yeah, people always ask me what type of books I like to read. I love self-help and personal improvement books. Not because I think I’m a pathetic loser destined for 40 years of bunlessness and dinner by myself, but because I’m always trying to figure out how to be better. With heavy introspection comes the knowledge of all of one’s weaknesses. It’s a gift and a curse.
If you’ve been following my writing or my twitter, you probably know that I like to analyze and beat myself up over things I have no control over. And sometimes I’ll focus more energy on weaknesses than what I do well. I’m my biggest critic and the arch-nemesis in the story of my life. This book basically calls me out for all the wayward thinking, blaming, and ill-advised analysis of why things aren’t working out the way I’d like them to …and I haven’t even gotten to the third habit yet. It’s challenging, uncomfortable, and amazing. Put more simply, it’s like reading a controversial blog post that’s only controversial because it’s 100% accurate. People don’t like it when someone holds a mirror that reflects their internal image.
Over the next few weeks, my posts will be focusing on lessons learned and tidbits I’ve picked up while reading the book. If you’ve already read it, then feel free to follow along or leave your thoughts in the comments as I go down the road of personal development. I meant to introduce a topic from the book in this post, but just realized I’d want to do a completely different intro so I’m gonna save it for next time.
This is yet another reminder why I love personal blogging. Where else could I do this?! **waves hands frantically and enthusiastically**
P.S. I’ll be sprinkling in unrelated posts as they come to mind. I have 1 in the works on why elephants smell better than pigs, but I’m gonna save that for when I’m actually being serious.