Have you ever tried to build a house of cards on top of a flimsy table? You would probably not come very far, especially if someone walks by and bumps into the table. Why is that? Yes, the foundation for your house of cards is not very solid, and if you where to build it on the floor instead, it would be much easier to build.
The same can be said for personal development, if you don’t have a solid and reliable foundation to build upon, it doesn’t really matter what you’re adding on-top. I read the English and Norwegian edition of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey over ten years ago, and it was really an eye-opener. Although the the book is a bit “heavy” and “academic” to read, I highly recommend it if you haven’t. Just take your time to process the information and think about how you can apply it to your life along the reading. The book was first published in 1989 and has sold more than 30 million copies, it deals with the ever important foundation whereas you can build upon to become a better person. Remember, it all starts with your self and is a never ending continuous circle that should be repeated throughout your life.
The author has also a book called 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, and deals with the same habits but is leaned more towards family relations. I found that book to be an easier read than the “people book”.
Book cover borrowed from amazon.com
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