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What maxim does Covey open the chapter with?

"Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny."


What historical event does Covey equate habits with, and how?

The Apollo 11 moon landing. He says they had to break out of the gravitational pull of the earth to get to the moon, and that's like breaking a habit.


Define "habit."

The intersection of knowledge, skill, and desire.


Define "knowledge."

The theoretical paradigm, the what to do and the why.


Define "skill."

The how to do.


Define "desire."

The motivation, the want to do.


Define "happiness."

Happiness is in part at least the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually.


What is the Maturity Continuum?

dependence to independence to interdependence


What does one become aware of when one is interdependent?

That all of nature is interdependent, that there is an ecological system that governs nature, including society.


Name the paradigms of each step of the Maturity Continuum.

Dependence is the paradigm of you

Independence is the paradigm of I

Interdependence is the paradigm of we


What does the current social paradigm enthrone?



What step of the maturity continuum does life demand?



Describe the relationship of Habits 1, 2, and 3 to 4, 5, and 6.

Habits 1, 2, and 3 are private victories; Habits 1, 2, and 3 are public victories. Private victories precede public victories, but that doesn't mean you have to be perfect in Habits 1, 2, and 3 before working on Habits 4, 5, and 6.


Reproduce the diagram of the 7 Habits on page 60.

A image thumb

Define "effectiveness."

P/PC Balance


What story does Covey tell to demonstrate the priniciple of P/PC balance?

Aesop's fable of the goose and the golden egg.


What is true effectiveness?

 A function of two things: what is produced (the golden eggs) and the producing asset or capacity to produce (the goose).


Define P and PC

Production and production capability.


What are the three kinds of assets? Name Covey's example of each.

Physical, financial, and human.

Physical: a lawn mower.

Financial: principle and interest.

Human: marriage, parent-child relationship.


What three examples does Covey use to explain organizational PC?

  1. A guy who runs a machine a lot without maintanence to increase production and gets a promotion, but his successor gets fired for the machine breaking down.
  2. A restauranteur who waters down the clam chowder and loses his customers.
  3. A meeting of managers where some of the managers promoted a "get tough" mentality toward their subordinates, but not customers; Covey says you have to have a similar attitude toward both.


What two paradigm shifts does Covey suggest for using the book?

  1. Not to see the material as a book to be read cover-to-cover; come back to it often.
  2. Shift your paradigm of your involvement in this material from that of a learner to that of a teacher.


How can one's "gate of change" be opened?

Only from the inside.


Briefly describe the effect of "opening your gate of change" to the 7 Habits.

First, your growth will be evolutionary, but the net effect with be revolutionary.

You gain self confidence from the first three, Private Victory habits.

Your relationships improve with the next three, Public Victory habits.

The 7th habit renews the first 6.