I read Stephen Covey’s book, “The 8th Habit”, back in 2004, and I liked his message: From Effectiveness To Greatness. His previous book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” was a best seller and I had been introduced to it in the corporate world. Recently, I took another look at the 8th Habit and instead of focusing on the message “from effectiveness to greatness”, another message resonated with me, “Find Your Voice And Inspire Others To Find Theirs”. This is exactly what is happening today with the internet and social media! 😀
I got excited because I realized Stephen Covey has been saying this all along, I just never heard it!! 🙄 He says, we have been through 4 economic eras:
1) Hunters & Gathers Age – technology was the bow & arrow; 1 unit of effort = 1 unit of production.
2) Agricultural Age – technology was the farmer; 1 unit of effort = 50 units of productivity.
3) Industrial age – technology was specialization, mass production; 1 unit of effort = 2,500 units of productivity.
4) Information age – technology is the knowledge worker; 1 unit of effort – a world of units of productivity.
As we have expanded from one era to the next, man has had to grow and adjust to the change in technology and productivity. Today, we are in a time where the old rules of the Industrial age are ending and we are experiencing the maturity of the Information age. In the Industrial age (20th century), we dis-empowered people which caused them to feel alienated and not part of a bigger purpose. We used incentives to “carrot & stick” people, instead of making them feel valued.
In the Information age (the 21st century), people are “finding their voice” and are expressing themselves all over the internet. All of this is being done without traditional “carrot & stick” incentives. So why are they all sharing their blogs and valuable information? Because they are finally being heard! 😛 People want their lives to have meaning and they want to know that they are “making a difference”.
Stephen Covey says there are 4 parts to our nature:
He says “there are 4 dimensions which need to be honored and put into a synergistic whole. It can help you find your voice and inspire others to find their voice. Voice is when your talent and your passion overlaps what the world needs.”
Stephen says there are 4 basic needs of people:
1) To Live (body) – pay me fairly – discipline
2) To Love (heart) – treat me kindly – passion
3) To Learn (mind) – use me creatively – vision
4) To Leave a Legacy (spirit) – serving human needs in principled ways – conscience
When I was young and working in the corporate world, I was tapping into the first basic need, to live and to pay me fairly. It took a ton of discipline because I studied hard to get good grades, even though I wasn’t interested in the subject. Then I worked really hard to get promoted and did “whatever it took” to “climb the corporate ladder”, even when I really wanted to be home with my son! I realize today that I did not listen to my heart, my mind, or my spirit because I didn’t know I was suppose to! 😯 Thank goodness my heart “woke up” in 1995 and started our home business, which enabled me to Live, Love, Learn & Leave a Legacy.
With the technology of today, the internet and social media has allowed anyone to Find Their Voice and then Inspire Others To Find Theirs. When people see ordinary people achieving their dream lifestyles, they feel they can do it too. Anyone can learn and find their passion which will make discipline fun and meaningful, because your life is now serving the world in very principled ways. Everyone can find meaning and start to contribute to others. It’s what makes living worthwhile!
Stephen Covey says to live your life with 4 Assumptions:
1) Body – assume you’ve had a heart attack, now live accordingly;
2) Heart – assume everything you say about another, they can overhear, now speak accordingly;
3) Mind – assume the half-life of your profession is 2 years, now prepare accordingly;
4) Spirit – assume you had a one-on-one communication with your Creator, now live accordingly.
The last question is “Have you accomplished something or got to where you are because someone believed in you more than you believed in yourself?” If the answer is yes, and it is “YES” for me, then what if you believed in someone today more than they believe in themselves? If we all do this for one person, we will affect the entire human population!
Here’s a video from Stephen Covey’s 8th Habit, Life is short, So…Live, Love, Learn, & Leave a Legacy:
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