It was somewhere half-way through my career that I hit a really low patch. I had changed jobs, changed locations, and everything I touched seemed to go wrong. I wasn’t in a happy place at all. I was questioning every decision I had ever made, and I was convinced that I had made a mess of everything. Nothing could shake off my depression, and I could see my life go downhill all the way.
I am not sure how it happened, but it was during this period that I chanced upon Stephen Covey’s bestseller – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I began reading it only because I can’t keep away from books. And what a book it turned out to be! In hindsight, it contains universal truths and basic common sense, but to me, at that point in time, it was a life-saver.
I began applying the lessons I learnt from the book to my own life, and within six months, I could sense the change in myself. I hadn’t really made a mess of things — I had been looking at my life through unclear, fogged up lenses. During that year, I learnt a great many things about myself, destroyed many false notions about what I was capable of/incapable of, what I enjoyed/didn’t enjoy, and for the first time, my life settled down on firm ground. Yes, I was older and wiser no doubt, but the wisdom I gained from the 7 Habits book brought about a sea-change in me and my perspectives.
No longer swayed by popular ideas, or what others fed me, I was able to take charge of my own life, and shape myself the way I wanted. If today, I am pretty clear about who I am, where I am in my life, and am happy with it, credit is due in large part to Stephen Covey and that little gem of a book.
Many thanks, Stephen. May your soul rest in peace.