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This week, Life Training Online is reviewing The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey, the fifth of fifty-two books in the 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks series.

During its first publication in 1990, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People became an instant classic for developing personal and professional effectiveness. Seventeen years later, this book still continues to have a huge following and influence throughout the world.

It was during my first year of college when I picked up my very own copy of this groundbreaking book. Being the impressionable freshman that I was, the title caught my eye and I wanted to know if I possesed any of the 7 habits of these so called “highly effective people”. As if I had been starved for this type of knowledge, I devoured the book in less than one day, becoming spellbound by these 7 habits. They began to become doctrine for me. For a week, that’s all I could talk about and naturally — as any loyal Covey neophyte would do — I went out, bought myself a FranklinCovey Planner, and went forth conquering. Or so I thought…

It wasn’t one month later that my newfound knowledge and brand new, $50 dollar planner was relegated to the back of my mind and bottom of my closet. The spirit was willing, but the flesh was weak; college life and all its distraction were just too much.

Now years later, with a more mature and seasoned mind (*cough *cough ;) ), this book is calling me again. So with great anticipation, I look forward to presenting to you this week, Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is the fifth of fifty-two books in Life Training – Online’s series 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks.

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