Sunday, November 16, 2008

Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

I can relate pretty well to Habit 5 from 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey. This habit is about seeking first to understand. This statement means you need to learn the other persons side of the story before you act. Also it means cut the clamor while the other person is trying to tell you something.In the novel, the author, Sean Covey, is trying to improve family relationships.

Hear is an example. you are wanting to go out with a friend. Your moms wants you to stay home and go to a movie with the family. You can hear her side of the story and tell her yours. You can ask her if you can invite the friend to go with you and your family instead of arguing.

Compromising is a good way to improve your family and friend relationships. The best way is to learn the other persons side on the issue before you get upset or cause a fight. Being nice not mean is the best way to keep everyone happy.

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