How to Become a Master of Your Own Life: A Summary of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

June 7, 2011

By Douglas Kordel

As General Counsel for Proforma, a print and promotional product supplier in North America, Douglas Kordel finds it important to realize as many personal and professional goals as possible. One of his favorite books, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, provided Douglas Kordel with the motivational support that has aided him in achieving his ambitions in life. The book, which has sold more than 15 million copies, is a world-recognized self-help book translated into 38 different languages. Published in 1989, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People relies on universal traits of a character’s ethics and morals.

The book reveals seven steps that will assist readers in becoming more independent. While a succeeding book titled The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness has also gained renown as a useful guide for those who want to become more successful in life, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People catalogs seven habits that, when adopted, can help any individual live a self-mastered life.

The first habit encourages the reader to be more proactive. This step means that individuals should take charge of the situations in their life by realizing that their personal decisions, choices, and reactions are the main factor in their own success.

The next habit teaches readers to begin with the end in mind, which means that people should maintain a vision of their ideal goals and continuously work to satisfy those goals.

Next, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People urges individuals to “put first things first,” which means that they should order their life based on what is most important instead of what is most urgent time-wise.

The fourth habit involves thinking with a win-win attitude. This means that readers should consider not only the solution that is beneficial for them, but also the solution that is mutually advantageous for all who are involved.

Next, the book teaches its readers that they should first aim to understand others before they strive to be understood. This habit will facilitate positive problem solving and develop an environment that is considerate of all ideas.

The sixth habit, simply known as “synergize,” has to do with teamwork. The book motivates those involved in a team to contribute meaningfully to the end goal, so that the group can achieve much more than what an individual could have achieved by himself or herself.

Lastly, the seventh goal focuses on self-rejuvenation. This habit encourages readers to find balance in their lifestyle to accomplish stability and revitalization of their health, energy, body, and mind. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People can be found in most bookstores, and it can also be purchased online at



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