7 Habits of Highly Effective People

You never know when your business is going to take off.  Consider Stephen Covey.

Are you familiar with Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?    This week,I discovered that one of the copies that I have in my book collection turns out to be a first edition copy.   A well used copy. lol  I also have one of the earlier paperback versions.   Since I like them both, I don’t envision selling either one of my copies.   This is a perfect example of why I love Amazon’s affiliate links.   When I talk about the book on my website, I can sell someone else’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People rather than my copies.

Part of the reason that I’m excited to have these books in my collection is because Stephen Cover’s principles and quotes in the book have been an instrumental part of my thinking for years.   Granted, I still have some paradigms that I need to replace to become more effective.

Over the last couple of days, I’ve been thinking about Stephen Covey, the success that he earned and how it applies to us as Wealthy Affiliate members.    There are so many ways that his principles can potentially help each of us.     However, today I want to share just one thought that isn’t explicitly stated in the book because when he published the book in 1989, he had not become famous yet.

When the 7 Habits for Highly Effective People book was published in 1989, Stephen Covey was similar to us.   He wrote the book with hopes that a lot of people would find it useful.   (How many times has Kyle and others told us that we need to write content that others will find useful?).   At the time the book was published, he was a “leading management consultant and an author of best selling spiritual books.”  He had to invest a lot of time into writing the book just as we invest writing content for our websites.   I’m sure that he hoped he could make some money from the book.

To help sell the book, the book jacket and first few pages in the book contained “Advanced praise” for the book from a variety of notable people.   (Advanced praise…… I wonder if that is a marketing technique that we could implement somehow?)

The book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, quickly became a national best seller.    When Dr. Covey died in 2012 at the age of 79, Forbes wrote an article.  According to that article, his ideas about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, had inspired a $1.4 billion empire.   By 2013, which marked the 25th anniversary of the book having been published, over 25 million copies of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People had been sold.

I doubt that Stephen Covery had envisioned how successful his book was going to be when he first published it.   It was something that he felt called to write because of its potential to help a lot more people than he could help as a consultant.   Likewise, are you feeling called to help people via your website or online business?   I doubt that you will truly be able to envision how successful your online business could become if you keep working at it.   Follow your calling to help others online.  Don’t give up.   You never know when your online business is going to take off.

Why?  Well, for better or worse, the Wealthy Affiliate program, constantly inspires me to think of ideas for niche websites that could be profitable.    One of those ideas has related to used books.   So, last summer, I started a new hobby that has the potential to be  turned into a profitable online business.  I’ve started collecting used books to resell.

Unfortunately, I barely have time to look all of the books that I’ve purchased much less read them.    Just two days ago, I discovered that I am the proud owner of a first edition copy of Stephen Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”  I also discovered that I have one of the earlier editions of the paperback copy.  I’ve always liked business books, so I’ve had both of these copies in my personal library for years.   Admittedly, neither one are collector copy quality.  However, I like both because even though they are old, I don’t worry about damaging them by reading them.

Part of the reason that I’m excited to have these books in my collection is because Stephen Cover’s principles and quotes in the book have been an instrumental part of my thinking for years.   Granted, I still have some paradigms that I need to replace to become more effective.

Over the last couple of days, I’ve been thinking about Stephen Covey and the success that he earned.    When the book was published in 1989, Stephen Covey was similar to us.   He wrote the book with hopes that a lot of people would find it useful.   At the time the book was published, he was a “leading management consultant and an author of best selling spiritual books.”.  He had to invest a lot of time into writing the book just as we invest writing content for our websites.   I’m sure that he hoped he could make some money from the book.

To help sell the book, the book jacket and first few pages in the book contained “Advanced praise” for the book from a variety of notable people.   The book quickly became a national best seller.    After his death in 2012 at the age of 79, Forbes wrote an article.  According to that article, his ideas about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, inspired a $1.4 billion empire.    By 2013, over 25 million copies of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People had been sold.

I doubt that he was truly able to envision how successful his book was going to be when he first published it.   Likewise, I doubt that you will truly be able to envision how successful your online business can truly become if you keep working at it.

Don’t give up.

p.s.  I’m looking forward to implementing the lessons from Carson’s December webinars adding a Woo Commerce store to our niche website.

I think that it is fair to say that Stephen Covey realized that people want to succeed in life – both professionally and personally.    It has been years since I’ve read the book.   However, the most notable quote of his that has always stuck with me is:

“Begin with the end in mind”

As we work on our affiliate marketing websites, we need to know what we want to accomplish.

Are you wanting your affiliate marketing business to be your primary source of income?

Do you want to your affiliate marketing website to be a hobby?

A side hustle which provides some extra spending money?

Are you retired yet looking for new business opportunity that is challenges you yet also provides some flexabiity?

How you answer these questions will help you to determine what type of niche you should pursue.  Knowing how much income you need to earn will also help you decide what type of affiliate opportunities that you should try to find.

Some pay better than others.   For example, you could promote a marketing book on Amazon and maybe earn a $3 commission per sale.  Alternatively, you could promote the Wealhty Affiliate training program and earn $8 for the first month and about $23 a month after that for each premium member that joins.

The first chapter of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is “Inside – Out”

Basically, when we have problems, we need to look inside ourselves to see if we are the problem.   Do we need to a personal paradigm shift?

There are different ways of looking at a situation or navigating an area.   Our paradigm is like a mental road map that we use.   Are we using the wrong map?   For example, a road map of the City of Paris is not going to be very helpful when I am trying to find my way around New York City.

If your online business is not as successful as you want, why is that?    Consider your answer.   Do you feel like a victim or helpless?  Do you not have enough time?  Are there too many distractions?   Are you waiting for Kyle to tell us what the next assignment for week 2 of the Super Affiliate program is going to be?     In each of these cases, we are most likely focusing on outside forces.

You are not your habits.   You can change your habits.  

The real question, is do you WANT to have a profitable affiliate marketing business?   Are you WILLING to work for it?   Are you motivated by money or by the desire to help others?

Recently, I started Bo’s Go Getter Group.   In order to yesterday’s assignment included writing a welcome note for people that we refer to Wealthy Affiliate.   It was suggested that we look at some other member’s notes if we needed inspiration.    To do this, I decided to look at the welcome letters our newest members were receiving.   It was fascinating watching how many people were joining and finding out a little bit about them in their bios.   It was also very interesting to see who referred them to Wealthy Affiliate.

I read over a dozen of these referring members profiles.  Some people referred multiple people in the last 24 hours.   I didn’t have time to look at every single new member that joined.  I was awed by these guys and gals. I was inspired by how appreciative people where to have been introduced to Wealthy Affiliate.

As I learned about each of these members, I noticed that my “sample” group had some very similar traits:

1.  They were all great examples of people that implemented what the Wealthy Affiliate program has been teaching.  Granted, a few admitted to taking a while to getting started  or motivated.   I think it took one person several years from when he first joined to really start getting serious about his business.   Is honestly, also made him very likable.

2.  They were all very customer/reader focused.  They also all seemed to be good at writing in a conversational way based on their Wealthy Affiliate blog posts.   I did not take time to try to find their websites.

3.  Most of the members that got referrals since yesterday evenign had been working on their websites at about two years.   One guy was a little less.   There were a few members that have been around since 2012, if I recall correctly.

4.  Many of them have been to Vegas at least once.

5.  They all stressed the importance of posting new content regularly.   Writing one or two blog posts a month is not going to cut it.

If you get a chance, do what I did.   Look at the new members profiles.  See who is welcoming them.   Be sure to say hi to some of the new members while you are at it.

, I became fascinated with watching how many people were signing up for Wealthy Affiliate program today.   It was fascinating to read each new person’s little bio.   (Most people don’t put too much detail into their bios when they sign up.).   For what ever reason, I was even more fascinated to discover who referred them to Wealthy Affilialte.   I then went to the sponsor’s profile.  I looked at how long they have been a Wealthy Affiliate member.  I read their profile.   I also read any recent success posts they had.

I noticed that each of these member that has one or more referal join in the last 24 hours had several things in common:

1.  They were truly interested in helping people build a profitable business.   They were customer focused.

2.  Most had been actively working on their websites since 2015.  None of them considered themselves to be overnight successes.  It took time, patience, persistence, a determination to succeed.  In many cases, it required restarting the training from the beginning.

3.  Reading their stories and advice, they are proof that what Kyle is teaching works.

Summary of the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey explains that a habit is “the intersection of knowledge, skill, and desire.”

Knowledge is a the what to do and the why.  He says that knowledge is a theoretical paradigm.

You have to be willing to shift your paradigm.   You need to be willing to think differently.  You need to get to where you are looking from the inside-out.    Only you can change you.

Skill is the how to do.

Motivation is the want to.

He goes on to say that is we want to turn something into a habit, we need the knowledge, skill and desire.

What are Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

1.  Be Proactive

2.  Begin with the end in mind.

3.  Put first things first

4.  Think win/win

5.  Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

6.  Synergies

7.  Sharpen the Saw

 



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