Human endowments

In this article from Motivation Articles, Essays, Tips and Advice, author Steven Covey revisits and reinvisions his Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, stating:

“I see seven unique human endowments or capabilities associated with The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. One way to revisit The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is to identify the unique human capability or endowment associated with each habit.

The primary human endowments are

  1. self-awareness or self-knowledge;
  2. imagination and conscience;
  3. volition or will power.

    And the secondary endowments are

  4. an abundance mentality;
  5. courage and consideration;
  6. creativity; and
  7. self-renewal.

These are all unique human endowments; animals don’t possess any of them. But, they are all on a continuum of low to high levels.

Associated with Habit 1:
Be Proactive is the endowment of self-knowledge or self-awareness, an ability to choose your response (response-ability)…

Associated with Habit 2:
Begin With the End In Mind is the endowment of imagination and conscience…

Associated with Habit 3:
Put First Things First is the endowment of willpower…

Associated with Habit 4:
Think Win-Win is the endowment of an abundance mentality. Why? Because your security comes from principles…

Associated with Habit 5:
Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood is the endowment of courage balanced with consideration…

Associated with Habit 6:
Synergize is the endowment of creativity…

Associated with Habit 7:
Sharpen the Saw is the unique endowment of continuous improvement or self-renewal to overcome entropy…”

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