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Common denominator of success

I am reading through “Seven habits of highly effective people” yet another time. The greatness of this book is it is a lifelong read and everytime I read it after a few years gap, I understand it even better and recognize my strengths and weaknesses clearly.

As I was passing through the Habit 3 today, I read about Stephen Covey’s favourite essay ‘Common Denominator of Success’. Intrigued, I ran a search on google. [I don’t recall doing this the last time I read this book, so makes me think that it must have been a time long long ago before Google!]

The Common Denominator of Success by E Gray is perhaps a motivator for S. Covey. I tend to think a lot of what S. Covey had written in his book is captured in the short essay by Gray. It is very convuluted and difficult to read and assimilate but points to a simplest reasons for success.

Habit is so powerful that it morphs into our character when we have done it long enough. Habit is not only external physical habits but also the mental thoughts and responses to external stimuli. Every thing good and bad about every individual is an acquired habit. The process begins by acknowledging them and making conscious efforts to address them until it becomes subsconscious at which point we already own it as a part of our character. Most important of all, ensure that every habit is aligned with a purpose, an emotional and sentimental purpose for life.

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