Don’t Forget to Shift Your Gears

Several years ago, a dear friend suggested I read “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. I resisted, but he persisted. He even loaned me his copy.

Choosing to trust my friend, I opened the book. After a few pages, I knew I had to buy my own copy.

Somehow, I had thought the book was “the seven habits of highly SUCCESSFUL people.” I thought it was about making a ton of money and having a big house and all the rest.

Instead, it is a deeply spiritual book, designed to help readers re-orient our lives toward our deepest needs and desires, and to work with them in ways that enrich the world. I now recommend it to my friends.

The book is full of nuggets. For example, “Effective people are not problem-minded; they’re opportunity-minded. The feed opportunities and starve problems.”

You may think that too simplistic, but the truth is that if you spend all your time and energy solving problems and no time in the act of creating something new, you will be stalled like a car that cannot shift gears to go forward.