I am currently reading the book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen Covey. What I find interesting is the fact that if you are serious about the book and learning in general you cannot ignore the assignments in the book without feeling bad. At the end of each chapter you are asked to teach someone else about the habit you’ve just read about. I’ve made the commitment to publish a post about every chapter (so you can confront me if I don’t). I already wrote something about the first chapter and now it’s time for the second chapter. So here we go:
Habit #2: Begin with the end in mind
I’ve got an engineering background and a hardcore engineer loves to design and build stuff. Before you start to make your design I have learnt that it is important to know which output the machine has to deliver. You can’t expect the machine to do what you want it to do, if you don’t know the desired output yourself in the first place. Sounds logical right…
It’s the same in life of course. You need to think about why you are here. What is it that you are trying to accomplish in your life? Why do you get up every day? That is the key message of this chapter. It seems so logical, yet most of us never take the time to actually think about it. So if you don’t know why you are here (on earth) I challenge you to think about it. In the book this is done by asking you to imagine that you are at your own funeral. Four people will say something about you. A family member, friend, colleague and someone from some community organization you’ve been involved with. If you think about what you would like them to say, it will help you shape your goals. You are going to make this journey called life anyway, you might as well decide in which direction you want to travel. It will help if you begin with the end in mind!