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7 Reasons to Read The 7 Habits (And Why You Should Do it with Us!)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey Was first published in 1989. I read it for the first time in 2017. It really had a positive impact on me and I know it will for you too!

This blog post was prepared by Ashley H. She has been helping EngYOU with content creation and will be one of the main leaders in the Book Club! She reads a TON of books (at least 50 books per year) and I'm so thankful for her help. She lists 7 reasons below explaining why you should read the book and why you should do it with us!

  1. Proven Principles. The principles laid out in this books are tried, true, and tested. They are not some flashy new advice that won't apply in 10 years. Sometimes you can't improve on the original. 

  2. Back to the Basics. We all think we know how to be effective. We've been told for ages that we should limit screen time and stretch our legs every 25 minutes. These are all great tips, but until you master the fundamental basics, they'll just be shallow hacks.  

  3. Become a better leader of yourself. The only thing we all can agree on right now is that none of us know how these next few months are going to play out. (If you're reading this from the future, send us a sign! 2020 what are you doing to us!?) One thing you can do right now is manage your thoughts and what you are putting out into the world. Mastering these habits, or even just becoming aware of them for the first time, will be a game changer, no matter what happens. 

  4. Become a better leader to others. You may not be the highest (wo)man on the totem pole, but one thing is for certain: if you have any ambition at all you'll soon have a team reporting to you (even if that is just interns). Setting an example based on what you learn in this book will go far. Having an example on how you're continuing your education and developing professionally will go even farther! 

  5. It's Engineering You's pick of the month! This means that you will have a community of people who are also reading the book. PLUS a FREE reading guide that will help you stay focused and get the most out of the read. Not only will the reading guide help you while you're reading the book, it will also be a fantastic resource to go back and review with. 

  6. Leverage your community. We at Engineering YOU want you to strive to live with intention and do your best with every task you take on. We also don't want you to do it alone! Each week we will post discussion questions based on which chapters we've read in the book. You'll be able to share your thoughts and ideas, see what other people thought of the material and ask questions! "Alone we'll go fast, together we'll go far." -African Proverb 

  7. Participation in this month's book club will enter you to win next months book! That's right. Free stuff. Free stuff that will help you achieve your dreams. What's not to love?

Great! You say. I'm in! You say. Now what? You ask. 

Great question! First things first, Click this link to be sign up for our mailing list on our Book Club web page so you don't miss any updates or resources: 

Second things second, We'll be hosting the discussion forum on LinkedIN. There is no fee! All you need to do is request to join the group here: JOIN THE engineeringYOU Group

(We promise to let you in ;) )

SIDE NOTE: Not on LinkedIN? Not to worry, we'll also send out the reading guides through the mailing list so make sure you click the link in step 1! 

Third things third, get your copy of The 7 Habit of Highly Effective People. 

From Amazon/Audible, a local bookshop (if you're in Phoenix, check out Changing Hands!),  or grab a digital copy from your local library! 

We can't wait to start reading with you! So grab your favorite beverage, a book, and maybe a friend or two and let's get to Reading and Leading!

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