‘Seven Good Habits’ was written by Robin Sharma, who is a well-known writer, trainer, and public orator. His parents were of Kashmiri origin. Robin Sharma was born to them in Uganda. After his birth, his family moved to Canada. Sharma has a degree in Law. He worked as a lawyer but found his calling to writing strong and quit his job when his second book, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari became a bestseller. He is a famous speaker and has conducted training programmes for MNCs such as Nike, IBM, and Microsoft.
In this prescribed text, Robin Sharma writes about seven good habits that people have to develop in order to increase their performance. He also gives seven tips to boost energy and shares a few simple ideas to raise our ‘Goodness Quotient.’
Sharma writes about the fundamentals of greatness. He does accept that we must be excellent at what we do, produce world-class products, deliver world-class services, develop a high-performance team, and build an architecture of execution to get the important things done. In addition to all these things, he writes that to be truly great, we must be good.
People love doing business with good people. Sharma addresses the problems of cutting an ‘ethical corner.’ People believe that dishonesty takes them forward. People have forgotten to use words such as ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you.’ People have the misconception that if one is good, one will be eaten alive at the marketplace. But according to Robin Sharma, being ethical, compassionate, and dedicated to adding value to others is probably the best way to ensure success.
Robin Sharma’s ideas to raise one’s ‘Goodness Quotient” are as follows:
- Be the most polite person that you know.
- Be honest.
- Be a world-class listener.
- Send hand-written ‘thank you’ notes.
- Look for opportunities to do random acts of kindness.
- Be a positive and passionate person.
- Be punctual.
Robin Sharma says that success and leadership come down to simple fundamentals that are done on a daily basis. To be truly great, one has to be kind, excellent, passionate, and good. He asks people to practice daily acts of greatness. He writes of seven ways to boost one’s energy and ends this essay. They are:
- Exercise for 30 minutes 4 times a week.
- Spend time with nature.
- Eat before 08:00 PM.
- Get a massage every week.
- Cut off junk food completely.
- Read something inspiring for 30 minutes everyday.
- Drink lots of water.