Friday 56 1 July 2016
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Stephen R. Covey
This week I am trying a new meme. This one is called Friday 56. Bloggers flip to page 56 of whatever they are reading or to 56% or whatever they are reading on an e-reader and tell their visitors what is there.
Normally, I am reading about three books at one time. I suppose it has something to do with Attention Deficient Disorder (ADD). No one would accuse me of being hyperactive, so I get to skip the H part of the ADHD label.
At this point in time, I am Reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. If I look on Page 56 of the paperback version of the book ISBN 0-671-70863-5, I find the following:
Suppose you want your daughter to have a clean room- that’s P, production, the golden egg. And suppose you want her to clean it-that’s PC production capability. Your daughter is the goose, the asset, that produces the golden egg.
One of the other two books I am reading is Standing Next To History: An Agent’s Life Inside theSecret Service by Joseph Petro. I am reading that on my basic Kindle. If I go to 56%, I read:
We took the president and first lady through the concrete pillbox that still stands there from that morning, the place where German soldiers first spotted the invasion fleet. We then helicoptered to Utah Beach and the formal ceremony with the other heads of state.
Finally, I am reading the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. I am reading that on a Kindle Reading app on my computer. At 56%, Franklin says:
Indeed I had some cause to believe that the defense of the country was not disagreeable to any of them, provided they were not requir'd to assist in it. And I found that a much greater number of them than I could have imagined, tho' against offensive war, were clearly for the defensive. Many pamphlets pro and con were publish'd on the subject, and some by good Quakers, in favour of defense, which I believe convinc'd most of their younger people.
I have read all of these books before. The reason I am re-reading them is The 7 Habits and The Autobiography are for research on a course I am working on. I am re-reading Standing Next to History because I have just recently read another book about the Secret Service.
I don’t read very much in the way of fiction, but I have enjoyed reading Zane Grey and John Grisham.
I hope everyone has a great Independence Weekend. Tell a veteran “Thank You.” Be safe.
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