The Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Researchers

Self-help authors love to make numbered lists. Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking has ten rules for obtaining confidence, three secrets for vigor and five techniques for overcoming defeat. Don Miquel Ruiz titled his book The Four Agreements, and Deepak Chopra had a bestseller with The Seven Spiritual Laws for Success. Although it is easy to be cynical about these books, one book based around a numbered list has stood the test of time: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. Covey’s practical insights (“Begin with the end in mind”) have genuinely helped many people since his book first appeared in 1989.

In this chapter, we will look at some of the ...

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