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Get Things Done: What Stops Smart People Achieving More and How You Can Change by Robert Kelsey

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The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People

Stephen Covey's famous work (7 Habits of Highly Effective People) is probably the most influential self-help book ever written. That said, his book makes the same mistake as many others: an assumption that we're pure potential – a malleable blob capable of absorbing effective and sustainable habits once we're made aware of them.

If only it were so.

Too often we're anything but malleable. We're not raw material waiting to be shaped, but damaged goods: poorly-programmed or misshapen machines condemned by our ineffective behaviour and deeply-ingrained negative habits.

Below, and from bitter experience, I outline what I see as the seven worst habits (though there may be plenty more) of highly ineffective ...

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