Seven Habits.

So it turns out one of my adult students is a devotee of that ‘Seven Habits’ system. You know, the one where you become highly effective? Yeah. Not sure how I feel about that.

Yun has explained the system to me in great detail, and I have to say, it sounds like a pretty cohesive plan for getting what you want from life. However, there’s still the sardonic, Urban Despair Child inside of me, snarling, “Fuck off, with you and your system! No one’s gonna tell ME what to do!” So I’m conflicted.

My only previous exposure to this system was when an ex of mine had to read it for work. I am not sure why. He worked at a printing press, where it behooved everyone, top-on-down, for the workers to be as INeffective as possible. Anyhow, he read it, became a devoted Coveyite, and I lost respect for him. Later, he became a drug addict, but I’m not sure if that’s related to the book or not.

So while I recognize that Mr. Covey has established a cult good way to organize and apportion one’s time, and while his system seems to make sense, I am not sure I am willing to follow the path and join the cult highly effective people.

4 Comments to “Seven Habits.”

  1. By Arwen, February 8, 2007 @ 11:12 pm

    Well, I figure it thusly: either you are effective, and this book will do nothing for you, or it’ll teach you a few tricks, and that’ll make things go more swimmingly. There’s no more reason for you to join a cult of effective people than there’s a reason to freak out if someone teaches you that newspaper and windex make glass streak free: it’s just a trick you either know or don’t know.
    ‘Course, I haven’t yet read the book. Not being effective enough to care, I suppose. Also, my father read it, and I dare say he’s never had an effective day in his life.

  2. By MonkeyPants, February 8, 2007 @ 11:27 pm

    I have a feeling it could teach me a few tricks. Then, again, I do not rejoice in an overabundance of effectiveness, myself. I ask, how effective do I want to be?

    Not much. it sounds a lot like responsibility.

  3. By stephanie, February 9, 2007 @ 11:02 am

    “Later, he became a drug addict, but I’m not sure if that’s related to the book or not.”

    I only hope he was an effective drug addict.

  4. By Liz, February 10, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

    Stephanie, he was a very effective drug addict. Maybe I should blame the book?

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