Daily Reflections for Highly Effective People

The first thing to understand about the small format book "Daily Reflections for Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey is it is in essence a promotion of his full sized book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People." There are 365 pages in this mini-book, one for each day of the year. Every day has a short quote to inspire you, and then it shows the page number in the "main book" for you to go read more information. So if you happen to flip to June 8th you'll see the quote:

"My own maxim of personal effectiveness is this: Manage from the left (brain); lead from the right(brain). --p. 147"

That's it. You get a brief quote, and then a page number IN ANOTHER BOOK to go read more about it. If you don't have the other book, this could be highly frustrating!

But let's say you DO have the other book and you want to have a daily way to inspire yourself. This book certainly fits the bill. No matter what day you're on, you have a quote to ponder and try to implement. You can also use the book as a brainstorming tool. Flip open to any page at all. I hit page 264. It says "In the last analysis, what we *are* communicates far more eloquently than anything we *say* or *do*." This is definitely true! I could certainly think about that idea all day and find several ways to help implement it in my own life.

Are some of these common sense? Yes certainly - but how many people do we see every day working contrary to what the message says? Sometimes these reminders are exactly what we need in life.

So really, the key here is that you understand what the book offers. It doesn't offer in depth advice. You have to get the main book for that step by step processing. This book here is meant to offer short inspirational sayings, and it does that. If you are willing to buy both books, you can easily use the page number references to hop to the other book to get that full in depth advice for whatever you're interested in. If you don't have the other book, that's fine too, you can generally understand what the quote means and think of ways to utilize it.

Well recommended for what it's useful for.

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